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Govt issues health alert on common painkiller Meftal: ‘Can trigger adverse reactions’

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 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 to 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.

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Published: 07 Dec 2023, 09:55 PM IST

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