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PONSTAN FORTE TABLETS 500MG
Active substance(s): MEFENAMIC ACID
Ponstan Forte 500mg Tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
2. Before you take
3. How to take
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store
6. Further information
1. What this medicine is and what
it is used for
Ponstan Forte tablets contain mefenamic acid which is a
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
They can help to relieve:
symptoms of inflammation, such as redness and swelling
pain and discomfort caused by arthritis, muscular or
headache, muscle ache or toothache
pain after operations, trauma
painful or heavy periods.
2. Before you take
Do NOT take Ponstan Forte if you:
are allergic to mefenamic acid, to any other anti-inflammatory
medicines (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, celecoxib), or to any of
the other ingredients (see Section 6)
have, or have ever had, stomach or intestinal conditions such
as peptic ulcer, bleeding in the stomach or severe gastritis
have an inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. ulcerative colitis,
have severe heart, liver or kidney problems
have just had heart bypass surgery
are more than 6 months pregnant.
If any of the above apply to you, speak to your doctor or
Take special care with Ponstan Forte
Before taking the tablets, tell your doctor if you:
are taking any other NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac)
are taking any other anti-inflammatory medicines including
steroids (e.g. prednisolone)
are taking aspirin or medicines that thin the blood (e.g.
are taking antidepressants called selective serotonin
re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (e.g. paroxetine)
have kidney or liver problems. Your doctor may check your
kidney or liver function before and during treatment
are elderly (see Section 3)
are trying to become pregnant (see Section on Fertility)
have stomach or digestive tract problems or if you ever had
an upset stomach after taking pain killers such as aspirin.
Bleeding in the stomach or gut can occur in patients taking
have a bleeding disorder or if you are going to have a major
operation. Ponstan Forte can affect the clotting of your blood.
It can make you bleed more and for longer than usual
have asthma, or a history of asthma, as this medicine may
cause breathing difficulties
have a connective tissue disorder, e.g. Systemic Lupus
are dehydrated (thirsty with dry skin, dark urine, dry mouth,
have heart problems, previous stroke or think that you might
be at risk of these conditions (e.g. if you have high blood
pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol or are a smoker).
Additional monitoring may be carried out by your doctor.
Medicines such as Ponstan Forte may be associated with a
small increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Any risk is
more likely with high doses and prolonged treatment. Do not
exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription, and herbal preparations.
Some medicines may be affected by Ponstan Forte or they may
affect how well Ponstan Forte will work. Tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are taking:
medicines that can increase the chance of getting ulcers or a
bleed in the stomach or gut, such as:
- corticosteroids used to treat arthritis and inflammation
- medicines such as anti-platelet agents, used to thin the
blood (e.g. warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel)
- antidepressants called selective serotonin re-uptake
inhibitors (SSRIs) (e.g. paroxetine)
- any other anti-inflammatory medicines (e.g. diclofenac,
aspirin including low doses of aspirin used to prevent your
blood from clotting in certain heart conditions
medicines used for high blood pressure (e.g. atenolol,
diuretics (water tablets) or heart medicines (e.g. digoxin,
some diabetic medicines (e.g. glipizide, glibenclamide)
medicines which suppress the immune system (e.g.
ciclosporin, tacrolimus, methotrexate)
lithium, a medicine used to treat mood swings and some
types of depression
a medicine usually prescribed through hospitals, called
mifepristone (taken within the last 12 days)
quinolone antibiotics (antibiotics used to treat infections)
aminoglycoside antibiotics, used under medical supervision
zidovudine, a medicine used for HIV
probenecid, a medicine used in special cases, to protect the
medicines which bind to protein in the blood - (check with
Your doctor may test your blood during treatment.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Mefenamic acid will be passed to your unborn baby. It is not
known how much it will affect your unborn baby in the first
6 months of pregnancy.
DO NOT take the tablets in the last 3 months of pregnancy as
they may delay the onset of labour and prolong its duration.
They may also increase the likelihood of bleeding in the mother
and in the baby.
If you need to take these tablets, your doctor can help you
decide whether or not to take them during the first 6 months of
Mefenamic acid passes into breast milk and can affect the
baby. You should not take the tablets while breast-feeding
unless advised by your doctor.
DO NOT take the tablets if you are trying to become pregnant,
as they may make it more difficult to get pregnant. You should
inform your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or if
you have problems becoming pregnant.
Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Ponstan Forte may cause drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue or affect
your vision. If any of these occur do not drive, use machinery, or
perform any tasks that may require you to be alert.
Important information about some of the ingredients of
Ponstan Forte tablets
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an
intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking
This may cause allergic reactions.
Always take Ponstan Forte tablets exactly as your doctor has told
you and always read the label. Your doctor will decide on the
appropriate dose to suit your condition. Ask your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Take the tablets with or immediately after a meal.
Do NOT drink alcohol while taking Ponstan Forte.
Alcohol and smoking can irritate the stomach and make some
of the side effects worse.
Adults and the elderly: the usual dose is 1 tablet three times
Elderly patients are at a higher risk of side effects and should
take the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time,
with additional monitoring carried out by their doctor.
Children: this medicine is NOT suitable for children under 12
If you take more than you should
If you take more tablets than you should you may harm your
stomach, kidneys and you may get seizures (fits).
1. Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nearest hospital casualty
2. Take the container and any remaining tablets with you so
that people can see what you have taken.
3. Do this even if you feel well.
If you forget to take
If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you remember, but
if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and
continue as usual.
Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Ponstan Forte tablets can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them. Do not be alarmed by this list
of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
STOP taking the tablets and seek medical help immediately if
you have any of the following allergic reactions:
difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the face, lips,
tongue or throat
severe itching of the skin, with a red rash or raised lumps
blistering of the mouth, eyes, and genital region, and patchy
areas of rash, peeling skin
or any of the following reactions
passing blood in your stools (faeces/motions)
passing black tarry stools
vomiting any blood or dark particles that look like coffee
Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the
indigestion or heartburn, abdominal pain (pain in your
stomach) or other abnormal stomach symptoms, nausea
(feeling sick), vomiting
any unusual bruising or bleeding, for example nose-bleeds,
pinpoint red spots on the skin, unusual purple bruise-like
rash on the skin or in the mouth
signs of anaemia such as feeling tired, breathless, and
fever, sore throat, mouth ulcers, repeated infections or
infections that will not go away. This may be due to a low
level of white blood cells
signs of low sodium levels such as headache, nausea,
vomiting, tiredness, muscle cramps
sudden headache, stiff neck, fever, sensitivity to bright light,
drowsiness and muscle pain, with or without a rash
fever, rash, nausea, aches and pains, passing more or less
urine than usual, passing red urine or passing urine at night.
This may be due to changes in your kidneys
sudden loss or blurring of vision, loss of colour vision, eye
pain which worsens with eye movement
headache, in particular on waking in the morning. This may
be due to high blood pressure
pain behind the ribs radiating towards the back, often worse
when lying down, nausea, vomiting, fever. This may be due
to inflammation of your pancreas
yellowing of your skin or eyes, pale faeces and dark urine,
unexplained persistent nausea, stomach problems, loss of
appetite or unusual tiredness. This may be due to changes
in your liver.
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Tell your doctor if you get any of the following side effects:
inability to sleep
rapid heartbeat (palpitations)
loss of appetite
constipation or bloating
blurred vision, eye irritation
feeling ill (malaise)
ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
numbness or tingling in hands or feet
sudden poor blood sugar control if you have
diabetes. Your doctor or pharmacist can
measure your sugar levels
asthma or asthma that is worse than usual
swelling of your hands and feet (around the ankles)
sore mouth (pain or ulcers on the tongue, cheeks, lips, throat
dizziness, drowsiness, feeling lethargic and tired
signs of low blood pressure such as light-headedness
reactions to the sun. Your skin may become red, painful and
swollen - do not sunbathe, use a sun bed, or expose your
skin to artificial UV light.
Medicines such as Ponstan Forte may be associated with a small
increased risk of heart attack or stroke. (See Section 2 - end of
'Take special care').
Urine tests: Tell the doctor if you are having urine tests, as your
medicine may affect the results.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or
nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information
on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not take after the expiry date which is stated on the blister,
carton/bottle/container. The expiry date refers to the last day of
Store below 30ºC.
Do not throw it away with your household waste or in water.
Return all the unwanted medicine to your pharmacist. This will
help to protect the environment.
6. Further information
What Ponstan Forte Tablets contain
The active ingredient is mefenamic acid (500 mg).
The other ingredients are:
lactose monohydrate, maize starch, pregelatinised maize
starch, povidone, silicon dioxide, talc, magnesium stearate,
croscarmellose sodium type A, sodium laurilsulfate, purified
The film coating contains:
hypromellose, titanium dioxide, lactose monohydrate,
macrogol 4000, vanillin, quinoline yellow, sunset yellow
The polish contains:
purified water, beeswax white, carnauba wax yellow,
polysorbate 20, sorbic acid.
(See end of Section 2 for further information on lactose and
What Ponstan Forte Tablets look like and contents of the
Ponstan Forte Tablets are yellow, film-coated tablets, marked
'Ponstan Forte' on one side.
They are available in blister packs of 100 tablets, plastic
containers of 100 or 500 tablets, and in plastic bottles of 6, 12,
84, 100 and 500 tablets.
Not all types and pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Chemidex Pharma Ltd, Chemidex House, Egham Business
Village, Crabtree Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 8RB.
Dales Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Snaygill Industrial Estate, Keighley
Road, Skipton BD23 2RW.
This leaflet was last revised in
'Ponstan' and 'Chemidex' are trade marks.