meclofenamate; Meclomen

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GENERIC NAME: meclofenamate

BRAND NAME: Meclomen, Meclodium (These brands no longer are available in the U.S.)

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Meclofenamate belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to treat pain and inflammation. Other NSAIDS include ibuprofen (Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan), nabumetone (Relafen) and several others. These drugs are used for the management of mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation. They work by reducing the levels of prostaglandins, chemicals that are responsible for pain, fever, and inflammation. Meclofenamate blocks the enzymes that make prostaglandins (cyclooxygenases), resulting in lower concentrations of prostaglandins. As a consequence, inflammation, pain, and fever are reduced. Meclofenamate was approved by the FDA in June 1980.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes




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