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Ponstan

Active Ingredients:Mefenamic Acid

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.

They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

If you do not understand the instructions on the pack or bottle, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How much to take

The recommended dosage of PONSTAN is 2 capsules (500 mg) three times daily with meals.

Take PONSTAN exactly as your doctor has prescribed.

Your doctor will tell you how many capsules you will need to take each day.

How to take it

Swallow PONSTAN capsules whole with a full glass of water. Do not chew them.

When to take it

Take the capsules with or straight after food with a full glass of water.

This may help reduce the possibility of stomach upset.

How long to take it

Do not use PONSTAN for longer than your doctor says.

Depending on your condition, you may need PONSTAN for a few days, a few weeks or for longer periods.

For menstrual cramps (period pain), PONSTAN is usually taken during each period as soon as the cramps begin and continued for a few days until the pain goes away.

For heavy menstrual periods, PONSTAN is taken from the beginning of the period and continued according to your doctor's advice. You should not take PONSTAN for more than 7 days unless recommended by your doctor.

For sprains and strains, PONSTAN is usually only needed for a few days.

If you are not sure how long to take PONSTAN, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

If you forget to take it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your capsules as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.

If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or the Australian Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) or New Zealand National Poisons Information Centre (telephone 03 474 7000) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much PONSTAN. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

Keep these telephone numbers handy.

If you take too much PONSTAN, you may experience pain or tenderness in the stomach, diarrhoea, muscle twitches or seizure (fit).

Things you must do

If you become pregnant while taking PONSTAN tell your doctor immediately.

If you are about to start taking any new medicine tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking PONSTAN.

Tell all of the doctors, dentists, and pharmacists that are treating you that you are taking PONSTAN.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor you are taking PONSTAN.

If you get an infection while using PONSTAN, tell your doctor.

PONSTAN may hide some of the signs of an infection and may make you think, mistakenly, that you are well or that it is not serious. Signs of an infection may include fever, pain, swelling and redness.

If you need to have any medical tests while you are taking PONSTAN, tell your doctor.

PONSTAN may affect the results of some tests.

Tell your doctor if you feel PONSTAN is not helping your condition.

Your doctor may need to change your medicine.

Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken PONSTAN exactly as prescribed.

Otherwise, your doctor may change your treatment unnecessarily.

Things you must not do

Do not give PONSTAN to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not use PONSTAN to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Things to be careful of

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how PONSTAN affects you.

As with other NSAID medicines, PONSTAN may cause dizziness or light-headedness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to PONSTAN before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or lightheaded. If this occurs do not drive. If you drink alcohol, dizziness or light-headedness may be worse.

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