Ponstel Alcohol interaction, generic name Mefenamic, belong to the family of drugs known as a Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
It is prescribed for the treatment of short term treatment of sunburn, migraine attacks, menstrual pain, menstrual headache and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Moderate alcohol consumption is advised while taking this drug.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
Do not use if allergic to the drug.
Do not use if pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Most Common Side Effects
Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation, stomach gas, stomach upset or irritation, appetite loss.
Less Common Side Effects
Stomach ulcers, GI bleeding, hepatitis, gallbladder attacks, painful urination, poor kidney function, kidney inflammation, blood and protein in the urine, dizzy, faint, nervous, depressed, hallucinations, confusion, disorientation, tingling in hands or feet, light headed, itching, increased sweating, dry nose and mouth, heart palpitations, chest pain, breathing difficulties and muscle cramps.
Rare Side Effects
Allergic reactions such as closing of the throat, fever and chills, changes in liver function, jaundice and kidney failure.
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