Every day, millions of women throughout the world have to deal with their menstrual pain, which, in some cases, can be quite strong. Luckily, there are a variety of medicines meant to help relief the pain symptoms associated with the monthly period. One such example is Ponstel, which is mainly used to treat period pain.
While it is a short-term medicine, it can treat mild to moderate pain, alongside with other conditions, as determined by your doctor. The medicine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, also known as an NSAID. The exact way it works is not yet known, but it releases substances that block pain signals, thus treating both inflammation and pain. It’s important to be aware of the fact that Ponstel only treats the symptoms, rather than their cause.
What should patients know prior to taking this medicine?
To kick things off, it is important for patients not to use Ponstel in case they are allergic to any of the substances contained by the medicine, if they are planning to have, or have recently had heart surgery, if they suffer from kidney disease, ulcers, inflammation of the bowel or stomach, or are in the last three months of pregnancy.
Prior to using the medicine, it is important to be consulted at a doctor’s appointment. With this in mind, make sure to let your doctor know what health conditions you are currently suffering from, if you have high or low blood pressure, suffer from dehydration, have a history of addiction, alongside with your allergies and what other treatments you are currently undergoing. This is essential considering the fact that Ponstel can provoke potentially fatal side effects, if not taken as recommended by the doctor, or when mixed with other medicines and/or substances.
There is also a risk associated with this drug. With this in mind, it has the potential of causing a heart attack, or blood vessel problems, such as stroked. The risk may be considerably higher in case you already have heart problems when you begin your Ponstel-based treatment. Elderly patients are also at higher risk, so it’s best if they avoid Ponstel altogether.
How should patients go about taking Ponstel?
Due to the high risks associated with this medicine, Ponstel should be taken exactly as it has been prescribed by your doctor. With this in mind, do not take lower or higher doses, or take the medicine for shorter or longer than your doctor dictates. In case you are planning to stop your treatment, make sure to let your physician know, to avoid any sort of unpleasant side effects.
The pills should be swallowed with a full glass of water, and not on an empty stomach. If you have missed a dose, simply take the next one as soon as possible. In case it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, the skip the missed one and take this one instead.
What side effects should patients expect while taking this medicine, and what should patients do in the unfortunate case that they overdose?
Some of the most common side effects include constipation, diarrhoea, gas, headaches, dizziness, nausea or an upset stomach. In case of an overdose, or more severe side effects, seek emergency medical attention.