Meftal Spas is an antispasmodic and belongs to a class of drugs called NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). NSAIDs are known to reduce pain, inflammation, and fever – which is one reason they are quite popular. They could also be effective in treating severe menstrual cramps. This post discusses how Meftal Spas can help. Keep reading.
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How Does Meftal Spas Work?
Meftal Spas is primarily composed of mefenamic acid, which is a prescription drug that also comes as a separate oral capsule. Mefenamic acid is an NSAID. Some sources suggest that it works by lowering the levels of prostaglandin, a hormone that causes inflammation (1).
Research shows that Meftal Spas, and mefenamic acid, in particular, can be used to treat a host of problems.
How Can Meftal Spas Be Used?
1. To Treat Dysmenorrhea
Dysmenorrhea is painful menstruation that is accompanied by severe abdominal cramps. Research shows that the mefenamic acid in Meftal Spas can serve as a potent cure.
In a study of 35 patients with severe dysmenorrhea, treatment with 500 mg of mefenamic acid for every eight hours for three days showed complete improvement in the symptoms. In fact, 31 of the 35 patients experienced total relief from the painful symptoms (2).
In another study, comparison between honey and mefenamic acid led to interesting conclusions. Honey is often suggested as a natural remedy for pain. But in the study conducted on 56 female students, both honey and mefenamic acid showed similar amount of pain relief (3). Though honey has the upper hand as it is naturally available, the equal effectiveness of mefenamic acid is worth noting.
2. To Cure Fever
Studies showed that mefenamic acid could help reduce fever better than other popular treatment medications (like paracetamol or ibuprofen). Mefenamic acid was found to be more effective in children. The compound showed antipyretic (fever-relieving) activity even after 4 hours from intake, in contrast to paracetamol or ibuprofen (4).
3. To Treat Headache
Mefenamic acid was shown to treat menstrual migraine. In a UK study, 500 mg of mefenamic acid was found to treat headache during menstruation (5). But as the symptoms during menstruation can often be severe, we suggest you check with your doctor.
4. To Treat Acute Postoperative Pain
Mefenamic acid was also found to help ease postoperative pain. Patients who had undergone molar extraction, episiotomy, and orthopedic surgery showed significant reduction in their pain after intake of mefenamic acid (6).
It is evident that Meftal Spas can help relieve pain. It can also help women deal with menstrual issues better. But, it has certain side effects that you should be aware of.
What Are The Side Effects Of Meftal Spas?
Allergic reactions like rashes and tinnitus are the most common side effects. You may also experience nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, and heartburn. Other serious side effects include (7):
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Slurred speech
- Black and sticky stools
- Vomiting blood
- Yellowing of your skin
These serious effects are very rare, but if you experience them, please contact your doctor immediately.
If you have kidney or liver issues, please consult your doctor before using this medication.
Meftal Spas may interact with other medications and supplements you might be taking. Hence, check with your doctor before using it.
With Meftal Spas, menstruation doesn’t have be painful anymore. Do check with your doctor and make use of this medication.
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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions
Is Meftal Spas safe to take during pregnancy?
Yes, but only within the first two trimesters. Taking Meftal Spas during the third trimester may cause serious premature birth defects, given it is an NSAID (8). Hence, do not use it without consulting your doctor.
There is very less information available regarding the effects of Meftal Spas during breastfeeding. Do check with your health care provider.
Can you take Meftal Spas with alcohol?
Not recommended – as it may cause excessive drowsiness.
How to take Meftal Spas?
You can take this medication with or without food, as directed by your doctor. The usual dose frequency is 4 times a day. The dosage depends on your specific health condition. Your doctor may initially put you on a low dose and increase it gradually.
What are the other substitutes for Meftal Spas?
Some of the common substitutes include Mefkind-Spas, Spasmonil, Speedex-Spas, Cyclopam MF, and Colimex MF.
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