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There are several side effects with Ponstel that you should be aware of. Side effects that are reported in more than 1 percent of people include indigestion or heartburn, headache, high liver enzymes, and unexplained rash. Some side effects may be a sign of a more serious complication, so notify your healthcare provider immediately if you experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain, or signs of an allergic reaction.
As with any medicine, side effects can occur with Ponstel® (mefenamic acid). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, they are generally minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
Several factors seem to affect the chances of developing side effects, including a person's:
- Ponstel dosage
- Other medical conditions
- Current medicines.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Ponstel. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Ponstel side effects with you.)
Ponstel has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to those that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
Based on these studies, the most common Ponstel side effects include:
- Stomach pain
- Indigestion or heartburn (dyspepsia)
- Nausea, with or without vomiting
- Ulcer in the stomach or intestines (peptic ulcer)
- High liver enzymes
- Unexplained rash
- Unexplained bleeding
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)