MEFENAMIC ACID

(me-fe-nam’ik)
Ponstan, Ponstel
Classifications:
central nervous system agent; analgesic; nsaid; antipyretic
Prototype: Ibuprofen
Pregnancy Category: C

NURSING IMPLICATIONS

Assessment & Drug Effects

  • Assess patients who develop severe diarrhea and vomiting for dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
  • Lab tests: With long-term therapy (not recommended) obtain periodic complete blood counts, Hct and Hgb, and kidney function tests.

Patient & Family Education

  • Discontinue drug promptly if diarrhea, dark stools, hematemesis, ecchymoses, epistaxis, or rash occur and do not use again. Contact physician.
  • Notify physician if persistent GI discomfort, sore throat, fever, or malaise occur.
  • Do not drive or engage in potentially hazardous activities until response to drug is known. It may cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Monitor blood glucose for loss of glycemic control if diabetic.
  • Do not breast feed while taking this drug without consulting physician.

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