NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUG (NSAID)
Meclomen is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1980 to treat several forms of arthritis. It is also known by its drug name, Meclofenamate. Meclomen is used to treat pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by psoriatic arthritis.
Meclomen should not be used by people who are allergic to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aleve or Ibuprofen. Do not take Meclomen while you are also taking aspirin or another NSAID drug. Meclomen should be used with caution in people with a history of asthma, nasal polyps, chronic sinus problems, swelling of the extremities, or liver or kidney dysfunction. Meclomen may not be appropriate for pregnant women.
Meclomen is an NSAID. NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain and inflammation. Meclomen is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation in the body.
How do I take it?
Meclomen is taken orally three or four times a day. Your doctor will prescribe a dosage based on your needs. When taking NSAIDs, it is important to use the lowest dose that is effective and to take it for the shortest amount of time to avoid side effects.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Meclomen.
In an article published in 2005, researchers reviewed scientific literature on the use of NSAIDs and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. The researchers concluded that NSAIDs are more effective than a placebo for treating joint pain, swelling, and tenderness associated with psoriatic arthritis.
Rare but serious side effects of Meclomen may include an increase in the risk of stroke, heart attack, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience pain in your chest or left arm, shortness of breath, numbness in your hands or feet, or sudden weakness on one side of your body.
Common side effects of Meclomen include headache, diarrhea, constipation, gas, mouth sores, and ringing in the ears.
Contact your doctor if you experience severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, black stools that appear bloody or tarry, a change in the amount of urine you produce, yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice), weight gain, unexplained neck stiffness, skin problems such as rash or hives, mouth ulcers, swelling, or fast heartbeat (tachycardia) while taking Meclomen.
Seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, rash, or itching or swelling of the face, tongue, and throat.