Warnings:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (including meclofenamate) may rarely increase the risk for a (sometimes fatal) heart attack or stroke. This effect does not apply to low-dose aspirin. (See Drug Interactions section.) This effect can happen at any time while taking this drug but is more likely if you take it for a long time. The risk may be greater in older adults or if you have heart disease or increased risk for heart disease (for example, due to smoking, family history of heart disease, or conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes). Do not take this drug right before or after heart bypass surgery (CABG). Also, this drug may rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) bleeding from the stomach or intestines. This bleeding can occur without warning symptoms at any time during treatment.

Stop taking this medication and seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following rare but very serious side effects: chest pain, severe dizziness, trouble breathing, weakness on one side of the body, sudden vision changes, slurred speech, black stools, persistent stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. (See also Precautions section.)

Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the risks and benefits of treatment with this medication.

Uses

Meclofenamate is used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain from various conditions (e.g., dental pain, osteoarthritis) and to decrease pain and blood loss from menstrual periods. It is also used alone or with other treatments to reduce pain, swelling, and joint stiffness from rheumatoid arthritis.If you are treating a chronic condition such as arthritis, ask your doctor about non-drug treatments and/or using other medications to treat your pain. See also Warning section.Meclofenamate is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

How to use Meclofenamate SODIUM

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking meclofenamate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth, usually 3 to 4 times a day with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) or as directed by your doctor. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this drug. If stomach upset occurs, take this medication with food, milk, or an antacid.

If you are using this medication for heavy or painful periods, it is usually taken 3 times a day. Take your first dose as soon as your period starts, and continue taking this medication for up to 6 days or as directed by your doctor.

Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. To reduce your risk of stomach bleeding and other side effects, take this medication at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently, or take it for a longer time than prescribed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor or pharmacist.

For ongoing conditions such as arthritis, take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. It may take 2-3 weeks of taking this drug regularly until you get the full benefit.

If you are taking this drug on an "as needed" basis (not on a regular schedule), it is usually taken every 4 to 6 hours as needed. The usual maximum dose is 400 milligrams each day. Remember that pain medications work best if they are used as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the symptoms have worsened, the medicine may not work as well. Pain relief usually starts within 1 hour after taking this medication. The drug may take longer to start working and may not work as well when taken with food.

Inform your doctor if your condition worsens or if you develop new symptoms.

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