What are period pains?
Period pains are quite common, and women of varying ages may experience them during their menstrual cycle. These pains normally include uncomfortable muscle cramps in your stomach and can also be felt on your back and thighs. Period pains may vary in their presentation from constant dull pains to intense cramps. If the pains are felt constantly and cause discomfort at the onset of your period then medication can be taken to reduce the pain and cramps.
What is Mefenamic Acid?
Mefenamic acid belongs to the group of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This medication is used to help relieve pain and help alleviate heavy bleeding in periods. Mefenamic acid is suggested to work by inhibiting the level of prostaglandin synthesis in the uterus lining. Prostaglandins are responsible for the feeling of cramps.
How do I take Mefenamic Acid?
It is recommended to take this medication with or right after meals, swallow these tablets whole with water. Undesirable effects may be minimised by using the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration necessary to control symptoms. The standard dose for adults is 500mg, and this is to be taken 3 times a day. Before initiating any treatment make sure you consult your Doctor or Pharmacist to see what strength is suitable for your needs.
Side effects of Mefenamic Acid
As with any medication, side effects may occur with some patients.
The most frequently reported side effects are disturbance to the GI tract:
Other side effects are:
- Stomach aches
- Loss of appetite
- A problem affecting the pancreas, stomach, small intestine or colon
The frequency of these side effects in patients is not known however, If you experience any of these side effects, please talk to either a doctor or a pharmacist. For more information regarding the side effects please read the patient information leaflet.