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Meftal Spas Tablet - Usage, Benefits, Side-Effects And Precautions

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Meftal Spas is an antispasmodic NSAID drug, a drug that is beneficial in getting relief from stomach pain, menstrual pain, fever, heavy menstrual bleeding and headache. It may have certain side effects such as allergy, skin rash, acidity, diarrhea and vomiting. Pregnant women, breastfeeding mother and asthma patients should avoid taking Meftal Spas.

Meftal Spas Tablet is an anti-inflammatory painkiller and muscle relaxant designed to control and cure menstrual pain (Spasmodic dysmenorrhea), heavy menstrual bleeding, Muscle Cramps, headaches and fever pain. Blue Cross Laboratories Ltd manufactures Meftal Spas tablets. Although Meftal Spas tablets can be obtained over the counter (OTC) but it is always better to get it prescribed by the doctor. Find all information related to Meftal Spas Tablets including uses, side effects, composition, precautions and dosage along with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in this blog.

What is Meftal Spas Tablet?

Meftal Spas Tablet is a pain-releasing NSAID (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory) Drug, normally used during Painful Menstrual Periods, stomach and abdominal ache, fever and chill, critical muscle spasms and heavy period bleeding. Meftal Spas helps in relieving the stubborn muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract by relaxing and smoothening the muscles.

As a mild painkiller, you can also explore the use of Dolo 650mg tablet in different dosage amount. To know more reach our in-depth research on Dolo 650.

How does Meftal Spas work?

As discussed above, Meftal Spas is useful in treating Symptoms of intestinal and stomach cramps. It works by blocking the certain enzymes in the body that results in pain, inflammation or fever. It reduces the symptoms of intestinal and stomach cramping. The medicine functions by impacting the natural movements of the gut by slowing it down. Also, it relaxes the muscles of stomach and intestine, which helps in getting relief from the pain.

Apart from stomach pain, meftal spas is also recommended in the case of arthritis, joint pain and post operative pain.

Meftal Spas Tablet- Composition and Nature

Meftal Spas is an anti-inflammatory drug commonly known as painkiller or muscle relaxant. It is non-steroidal and hence mild in nature yet very effective. Meftal Spas 250 MG is a composition of the active ingredients Dicyclomine or Dicycloverine 10 MG and Mefenamic Acid 250 MG.

While Meftal Spas DS or Meftal Spas Double Strength (Meftal 500 MG) contains 20 MG of Dicyclomine and 500 MG of Mefenamic Acid.

Uses of mefenamic acid 250 mg

  • Dicyclomine relaxes the Aastrointestinal muscles in the stomach and the intestines and provides relief in Cramps, Bloating, Discomfort and Chronic pain in the Abdomen.
  • Mefenamic Acid helps in reducing Fever, Rheumatoid Arthritis (autoimmune disease that leads to chronic inflammation in the muscle joints), Myalgia (muscle pain due to overstretching of muscle joints), Post-operative pain (laparoscopy i.e.), and Menstrual pain.

Meftal Spas Uses and Benefits

Meftal Spas tablet is used to control, prevent, improve and most distinctively treat various situations such as:

  • Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Period Cramps)
  • Stomach and Abdominal pain
  • Period bleeding heavy in nature and consistency. Specific to Period pain Regestrone 5 MG tablets have been found to be very useful
  • Discomforting bowel movements
  • Inflammation in stomach and muscles
  • Migraine headaches
  • Fever pain and chills
  • Analgesic (Muscle cramps and pain in any part of the body such as headache, toothache, arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Myalgia etc.) can be treated with Meftal Spas
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Toothache

Meftal Spas Tablet- Dosage and How To Use

Meftal Spas tablets are available in 250 MG and 500 MG dosages depending on your body’s condition and receptivity.

Normally it is prescribed twice a day or thrice a day in 250 MG during normal pain situations.

However, if your condition is severe and requires close attention, the dosage of Meftal Spas is increased up to 500 MG. However, one should not take Meftal Spas in an empty stomach as it can create acid reflux.

Side effects of Meftal spas tablet

Meftal Spas tablet should not be bought over-the-counter without a prescription. Consult a Doctor first before using Meftal SPas and discuss your current medications and supplements if you are using any.

Side effects of Meftal Spas Tablets

To many extents, Meftal Spas side effects are dose dependent. This drug does not lead to any serious effects if taken for a short time. However, if you are using for a longer time, Meftal Spas can lead to certain side effects such as-

  • Infections such as swelling and rash in the skin such as Urticaria and Edema.
  • Affect in the central nervous system in the form of Nausea, Drowsiness and Visual Disturbances.
  • Meftal Spas can cause severe Acid Reflux in terms of Acidity and Gastritis.
  • One of the most observed side effects of Meftal Spas is Diarrhoea. Another Gastro-intestinal side effects of Meftal Spas are nausea and constipation.
  • Meftal Spas can affect the Liver Enzymes and Renal Function (kidney function) to act abnormally. To identify liver-related disorders SGPT test is suggested. For more information about the liver test, read our article on SGPT test.
  • Some users of Meftal Spas tablet also experience dry mouth, abdominal pain and vomiting.

Meftal Spas - Risks & Precautions

Meftal Spas Tablet can be lethal if not used under proper dosage. However, there are certain things to consider before taking Meftal Spas.

  • Do not take Meftal Spas if you are suffering from Asthma or had any previous issues with Asthma.

Suffering from Asthama

  • Restrain yourself from driving immediately after the dosage of Meftal Spas as it can lead to dizziness.
  • Meftal Spas tablet can be dangerous to people with Hypertension, Hyperthyroidism, Congestive Heart Failure, Coronary Bypass Graft Surgery and Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome.
  • Neonates and children should not consume Meftal SPas. For safety measures, keep them a place out of their reach.
  • Meftal Spas during pregnancy can create many complications and leads to chemical Pregnancy in extreme cases.
  • Are you suffering from excessive bleeding and pain during menstruation? It can be related to PCOS and endometriosis. Check our article to know signs of healthy periods.

Substitutes for Meftal Spas

Following tablets have the same composition and strength as Meftal and are equally effective in pain relief from menstrual cramps.

  • Mefacid Forte tablet
  • Mepen Spas tablet
  • Colispas Forte 20 mg tablet
  • GefPlus tablet
  • Mefac tablet

If you do not want to avoid medication, you can also change your diet to get relief from menstrual cramps. Read more about diet for period cramps.

Meftal spas Long Term Side Effects

There are various side effects that can be caused due to Meftal Spas. These could be both long severe as well as rare. 

  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Bloating
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears 
  • Weight gain 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Bloody and Cloudy urine 
  • Swelling on face, lips, hands and feet
  • Fast heartbeat 
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising 
  • Yellow colored eyes or skin 
  • Peeling and blistering of skin 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Difficult or painful urination 
  • Excessive tiredness

Meftal Spas syrup

The Meftal Spas syrup has same benefits as that of the tablets. Antispasmodic in nature, it is used for relieving pain in stomach and a kind of intestinal problem named irritable bowel syndrome. It is beneficial in decreasing the intestinal and stomach cramps. This syrup is not recommended for children below 6 months. Pregnant women and those breastfeeding are also not advised to take Meftal Spas syrup. If at all you want to try it, take your doctors opinion before going for it. Those with a history of urnination problem, glaucoma, high blood pressure, nervous system problems, enlarged prostate, and problems of kidney, intestine, thyroid, liver, heart, and myasthenia gravis must seek expert advice before using this medication.

Meftal Spas - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) & Answers

There are certain things/ queries to understand and clarify before you start taking a dose of Meftal Spas as discussed below:

1. What Happens with the Overdose of Meftal Spas?

Overdose of Meftal Spas can lead to problems such as respiratory tract issues to multiple organ failures if overdosed. Focus on taking the prescribed dose of Meftal Spas. Please rush to your nearest hospital/health center in case you or someone else overdoses Meftal Spas tablet.

2- How to Store Meftal SPas Tablet?

Store Meftal Spas at room temperature. Try not freezing them by keeping them in a refrigerator. Keep them away from children and pets. Also do not flush them away down the toilet as it can contribute towards environmental degradation.

3- What Happens if Expired Dose of Meftal Spas is consumed?

Expired Meftal SPS will work as ineffective. However, in certain situation/s, it can lead to various allergies and infection. Rush to your nearest hospital/health center if you happen to consume the expired dose of Meftal Spas.

4- Can Meftal Spas cause infertility?

Mefenamic Acid found as an ingredient in Meftal Spas has an adverse impact on women fertility. It can cause a delay in ovulation as well as less pain tolerance during delivery. Another ingredient of Meftal Spas, Dicyclomine is not known to cause any fertility issues. There are other factors that affect fertility in both men and women. To explore, visit our article on lifestyle factors that affect fertility.

5- Is it safe to drive after taking Meftal Spas?

Meftal Spas can induce head spinning sensations and drowsiness. It can also have a temporary effect on vision sometimes. Better to avoid driving right after taking Meftal.

6- Does Meftal reduce bleeding during periods?

Meftal reduces heavy bleeding and pain during periods. Overdose can result in a sudden stop in blood flow. Always take in a quantity prescribed by your doctor.

7- Does Meftal Spas delay periods?

Meftal does not interfere with your menstrual cycles if you use it for 1-2 days during periods. Long-term usage can cause irregular periods.

8- How many Meftal tablets can be taken in a day?

You can take a maximum of 3 Meftal tablets in a day. Higher dosage can have an adverse impact on your body.

9- Can Meftal be taken during pregnancy?

No. It is not safe to take Meftal during pregnancy. It should be completely avoided and should be substituted with a home remedy or pregnancy safe alternatives. Pregnant women should also take care of the food they are eating. You can also read our article on best foods to eat when pregnant.

10- Is Meftal safe during breastfeeding or lactation?

Meftal ingredients can possibly be transferred to your baby through breastmilk. Do not take it unless and until advised by your doctor.

11. Can meftal spas be used for headaches?

Meftal Spas treats mild to moderately severe pains. It can be used for headaches but the dosage should be limited as advised by the doctor.

12. Is Meftal Spas safe during periods?

Meftal Spas is safe during periods with a dosage of one to two tablets (250 MG) consumed per cycle. It is beneficial in relieving excessive period pain or menstrual cramps. It has Dicyclomine, which relaxes muscle pain, and Mefenamic Acid that is an NSAID.

13. Meftal spas dosage during periods?

You can safely consume around 1 to 2 tablets of Meftal Spas 250 mg in a day to ease menstrual pain. If the dosage gets more than this then it may lead to side effects. 

14. Expiry duration and price of Meftal Spas

The exact time duration after which Meftal Spas is medically not usable is 48 months or 4 years after its manufacturing date. The price of 1 strip of Meftal Spas (250 mg) is Rs. 36 and it contains 10 tablets.

15. Meftal Spas for kids

Meftal spas suspension is available for the kids to get them relief in stomach cramps. This suspension can be used for the infants and kids aging from 6 months to 5 years. Infants below 6 months of age shall never be given Meftal Spas.

In case you are specifically looking for relief from back pain, headache or any kind of inflammation then do explore the use of Serratiopeptidase Tablets. However, if you are looking for pain relief specific to Fever then Keterol DT is found to be the most effective.

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Dr Sailaja Vuppu is an acclaimed Gynaecologist and Infertility Specialist in Sri Ramachandra Nagar, Vijayawada. She has completed 10 years on working as a gynaecologist and infertility specialist. Dr Sailaja Vuppu is right now practising at Rainbow Super Speciality Hospital for Women and Children. Her fields of expertise are Hysterectomy (Abdominal/Vaginal), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and so on. Find her contact details on www.elawoman.com

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Shadhana Bir

It was a treat to read this article. I got to learn a lot, most effectively from the FAQs parts. It is short and effective.

Oct. 11, 2018, 7:45 a.m. 5.0

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Sammy

I am using Meftal tablets since my childhood, either for body pain or during my menstrual cycles. I never thought this medicine includes lots of things within it. Many thanks for sharing this!

Oct. 3, 2018, 4:28 p.m. 5.0

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Fatima Sekh

During my cycles I have cramps and constipation, is this because of meftal medicine or my cycles?

Sept. 12, 2018, 6:37 a.m. 4.5

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Bhumika Tanwar

Never heard of Meftal Spas syrup, I always have trouble having tablets. But I think syrup is for kids only. I wish I am a kid again. Lol

Aug. 16, 2018, 1:02 p.m. 5.0

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Gautam Birla

Is it safe to take meftal spas tablets before giving an exam? I have a headache and I do not want to fail.

June 21, 2018, 12:43 a.m. 4.5

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Abhishek Sharma

Have been using Meftal spas tablet before for various reasons, with pregnancy now, will have to put a complete stop on its usage. Thanks it helps.

Oct. 28, 2017, 12:01 p.m. 4.5

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Ravi Chhabra

I have heard that if you have renal and hepatic impairment, you should not use meftal spas as it can cause severe complications. Sometimes, overdose of meftal can lead to muscular weakness and paralysis. Moreover, patients with autonomic neuropathy, cardiac tachyarrhythmia( increased heart rate) ...

Oct. 28, 2017, 12:01 p.m. 5.0

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