What are the health experts saying about the concerns raised by the Indian Pharmacopeia Commission regarding the safety of Meftal Spas as a painkiller?

by Dr. Smrithi D Nayak

Mefenamic acid is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat mild to moderate pain. It treats other inflammatory conditions and menstrual cramps

Pain killers should always be taken after proper consultation with Doctors. Recent times show patients resorting to taking painkillers without prescription being purchased Over the counter. . Overuse of pain killers are also a concern as many patients try to delay visit to the treating doctor by ingesting multiple doses of pain killers.

Given that Meftal Spas is commonly used by many women for menstrual cramps, is it considered a safe drug by health experts?

Yes, many patients use mefthal spas without a gynaecologist consultation because of recommendations from their friends or family with similar pain during periods. As it comes in the category of NSAID ( Non steroidal anti inflammatory drug ) it needs to be taken only after consultation with Gynaecologist.

With recent reports of DRESS syndrome Mefthal spas is no longer considered a safe drug.

In light of the recent concerns, do health experts recommend discontinuing the use of Meftal Spas for managing menstrual cramps?

Yes. The usage of pain killers in menstruation is quite rampant. Drugs prescribed should not be taken without guidance from a gynaecologist. Only after a consultation and evaluation of the cause of period cramps the painkiller should be taken.

Have doctors experienced an increase in patient queries or concerns after the Indian Pharmacopeia Commission raised issues about Meftal Spas?

Yes. Many patients have addressed concerns about using mefthal spas and are seeking advise regarding alternative pain killers for menstrual cramps.

What are the known side effects of Meftal Spas, and how concerned should users be about potential reactions?

The some common side effects of meftal spas are Diarrhoea,Constipation,Gas, bloating,Headache, Dizziness,Nervousness.

Are there any precautionary measures that individuals using Meftal Spas, particularly for menstrual cramps, should consider to ensure their safety?

  • Take this medication with a glass full of water at regular time intervals as prescribed by the physician for best results.
  • An antacid can be taken along with the drug in case of stomach upset.
  • Dose should be prescribed according to the age .
  • Do not take the missing dose the next day, as it leads to therapeutic duplication.