My daughter is 13 and had bad period pains.
Ponstel is intended for use by patients 14 years of age or older. The dosing infomation on drugs.com says:
"For the relief of acute pain in adults and adolescents ≥14 years of age, the recommended dose is 500 mg as an initial dose followed by 250 mg every 6 hours as needed, usually not to exceed one week.
For the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea, the recommended dose is 500 mg as an initial dose followed by 250 mg every 6 hours, given orally, starting with the onset of bleeding and associated symptoms. Clinical studies indicate that effective treatment can be initiated with the start of menses and should not be necessary for more than 2 to 3 days."
Since it is an NSAID, it is very harsh on the stomach and can cause stomach pain in addition to the menstrual cramps. You should call your pharmacist to ask about giving it to your daughter.
It could be used "off label" if her doctor thinks it is right but if it is your prescription (or someone elses) then no, she shouldnt take it even if it is for the same kinds of symptoms. Naproxen (Aleve) was once a prescription medicine that was often given for painful periods and now it is available over the counter. I would try Aleve (or store brand Naproxen-same thing only cheaper). She might also try some of the Midol products if she hasnt done so already.
Dear aa = I took Ponstel 20 yrs ago when I had terrible pain with my monthly period. Since, as Kathy stated, it is recommended for 14+ yr old, I would suggest getting her to a doc if the pain is that bad. Being 13 this "monthly monster" is fairly new to her, and she may be afraid of the blood, making her anxious, increasing pain. Do you have ponstel on hand, or tried it in the recent past?? Just curious, because there may be something else a doc would recommend for her, due to her age. Its been so long since I took it, I was surprised it is still around. It worked very well for me during the time I took it. You are truely a wonderful Mom, helping your daughter thru this time.
- Ponstel Information for Consumers
- Ponstel Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ponstel (detailed)
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