• Shruti GOCHHWAL

Don’t Take Strong Pill Killers Like Meftal Unless You Have To!

Painkillers like meftal spas are commonly used to treat muscle, menstrual cramps, and stomach pain. The intensity of pain that this drug treats ranges from mild to moderate. But it is not free of debilitating side effects if not taken properly. Here is how this pain killer should be taken and when should you stop.

What is meftal?

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Meftal is anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory drugs that are used as painkillers by people. Meftal spas are drugs consisting mainly of Dicyclomine hydrochloride and Mefenamic acid (meftal p). Meftal forte is a drug that is used to treat fever, headaches, toothache, and body ache. It hinders the flow of chemicals that lead to fever, swelling, and pain.

Children are prescribed meftal-p as an anti-inflammatory analgesic to treat various kinds of muscle, traumatic, and dental pain.

The right dosage of meftal for you

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The right dosage of meftal pain relievers is prescribed by your doctor keeping in mind personal factors like age and prior medical record. Usually, you should take 1 tablet, three times per day. However, you should never chew, bite, or crush the tablet to consume it. Always make sure that you have eaten something before consuming the tablet.

Meftal overdose can have serious consequences in the form of multiple organ failure and respiratory tract issues.

  1. Missed or skipped doses of meftal spas (dicyclomine dose) should be taken whenever you remember. If it is the time of the next dose, let the missed dose be skipped and take the next dose.

  2. In case of an overdose of the tablet, a doctor should be contacted immediately.

  3. Children below 12 years are recommended meftal p dosage usually as 25 mg per kg of bodyweight.

Who should not consume meftal pain killers

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These drugs should not be taken by patients who have existing health conditions as mentioned below.

  1. Urinary obstruction problems

  2. Gastrointestinal problems or acute constipation

  3. Heart conditions like unstable angina

  4. Increased eye pressure; glaucoma

  5. Pregnant women

  6. Persons with acute kidney diseases

  7. People allergic to dicyclomine dose and Mefenamic acid (meftal 250)

When can meftal  become dangerous?

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When combined with specific drugs and medicines, meftal p can have dangerous effects on the body. These drugs include methotrexate, tacrolimus, warfarin, ketorolac, and intravenously injected antibodies. The interaction of meftal with these drugs can have life-threatening consequences. In such cases, always consult your doctor to adjust your dosage.

Apart from drugs, meftal’s interaction with certain food items and alcohol should also be avoided.

Side effects of meftal you should be aware of

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Side effects of meftal can be avoided by communicating with your doctor about any prior health conditions. Besides, consuming meftal in the right amount is key to avoiding side effects like:

  1. I tract complications like nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, constipation, and appetite loss.

  2. Issues relating to the nervous system like dizziness, drowsiness, tingling sensation, weakness, and nervousness.

  3. Ocular or eye problems like blurred vision, double vision, and an increase in eye pressure.

  4. Skin problems like itching, rashes, and hives

  5. Genitourinary or urinary problems like retention of urine and male impotency

  6. Cardiovascular health issues like increased heart rate and palpitations

  7. Respiratory issues like nasal and throat congestion, sneezing, and less than usual seating.

Meftal is not an antibiotic. Hence, it is advised not to self-medicate using this drug. The medication is effective in relieving the spasms and pains associated with certain health conditions. It should not be consumed as a treatment for those conditions.

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