The Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) on Thursday issued an alert regarding the common painkiller, Meftal, and said that people must take the drug only after consulting a doctor as it contains mefenamic acid which can trigger adverse reactions like DRESS syndrome, etc. Meftal is a commonly used drug for menstrual cramps and rheumatoid arthritis.
“Healthcare professionals, patients, and consumers are advised to closely monitor the possibility of the above adverse drug reactions (ADR) associated with the use of the above-suspected drug,” the alert said.
The advisory recommended individuals notify the national coordination center of the Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI) within the commission by submitting a form on the website www.ipc.gov.in or utilizing the Android mobile applications ADR PvPI and PvPI Helpline No. 1800-180-3024.
The alert from the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission comes as Meftal was rapidly becoming a common painkiller in homes with people using it without much caution to get some relief from muscle and joint pain.
The primary constituent of Meftal is Mefenamic acid, a pain-relieving agent employed for the alleviation of muscle and joint pain as well as menstrual pain. Additionally, it exhibits efficacy in mitigating sore throats, nerve pain, and muscle aches.