Have you ever taken Meftal spas to get relief from menstrual cramps? It is a common painkiller used for pain relief from period cramps. If you have been relying on this medicine to manage period pain, here’s a safety alert. The Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) has issued an advisory stating that consumption of Meftal may put you at risk of severe reactions, and lead to many side effects.
IPC, in its advisory, has noted that this pill contains an active ingredient known as mefanamic acid, which can cause allergies. The news has come as an alarm to many women who have been using this over-the-counter pill as their go-to solution for relieving menstrual cramps. Here’s everything you need to know about the side effects of Meftal spas.
Meftal is a commonly used medication in Indian households, particularly for rheumatoid arthritis, menstruation cramps, moderate pain, inflammation, fever and dental pain. Although the medication is often consumed without a prescription for these problems, the Indian government has recently released a warning alerting medical professionals and patients to watch out for any negative effects of the meftal spas.
A popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), meftal spas contains a component, mefanamic acid which can cause a severe allergic reaction known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) syndrome, a severe allergic reaction. The drug safety alert was released on November 30, 2023 by the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC).
Healthcare professionals and patients have been urged to closely monitor the possibility of the side effects of the suspected drug. They have also issued reporting forms with the help of which consumers can report if they notice any side effects of any medication, including Meftal spas.
Dress syndrome stands for Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms. It is described as a severe and potentially life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction to certain medications. The clinical symptoms of DRESS syndrome appear from 2-8 weeks after initiating the offending drug. It is generally classified by different types of skin rashes, fever, inflammation, and a rise in white blood cells called eosinophils, as reported by the study published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.
DRESS syndrome is sometimes described as an unusual multisystem response to medication. This alludes to the fact that the illness may present itself with several symptoms. Although the symptoms can change, they usually appear a few days later, usually two to six weeks after the medication was started. While the common symptoms may affect you, some symptoms can vary from one individual to another.
Common symptoms of DRESS syndrome include:
You should consult a healthcare professional in case you notice any symptoms indicating a reaction to the medication. Also, avoid consuming Meftal spas without the recommendation of a doctor.
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