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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Ponstel for the use of general pain relief, including painful menstrual periods and pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury and inflammation. The medicine has been approved for use in children 14 years of age and older. At this time, there are no off-label uses for the drug.

Ponstel Uses: An Overview

Ponstel® (mefenamic acid) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to pain and inflammation.
 
Specific uses for Ponstel include:
 
  • Pain relief, such as for pain following a medical procedure, from straining a muscle, or from inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis). Ponstel can also be used to treat general pain, such as knee pain, lower back pain, or neck pain. For all of these cases, Ponstel is used to treat short-term pain that is not expected to last more than one week.
     
  • Relief of painful menstrual periods.
     

How Does Ponstel Work?

Ponstel and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are thought to work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones, called prostaglandins, that cause inflammation and pain in the body. By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, Ponstel is useful at reducing pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation.
 

Using Ponstel in Children

Ponstel is licensed for use in children 14 years of age and older.
 

Is Ponstel Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Ponstel for treating something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Ponstel uses.
 
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