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Child with fever. Given mefanorm. Any side effects for this medication?

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My daughter has 4.5 yrs old. she has viral fever for 7 days. As per doctor advise, i gave P 250 syrup (5ml). Also if she has high fever, Doctor ask to give Mefanorm syrup (5ml).
Is there any side effects for continuous giving this syrup. ?
Any ear problem will come for viral fever ?
Please clarify my doubts.
Asked On : Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician, Neonatology 's  Response
Hi Bharathi,
yes it has side effects. Gastric irritation,low blood counts,etc.
paracetamol is safer than this.- but it can be used when fever does not settle down with paracetamol alone.- should be taken after food.
yes viral infection and cold can affect the ear.
Good luck,God blessDr Uma
Answered: Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Critical Care Specialist Dr. Sadiq Mughal's  Response
Hi thanks for your question.
Mefanorm is mefenamic acis a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAIDS) used for treating pain and fever. All drugs have the side effects and mefanorm is not a exception. However side effects are mild and include gastric upset, nausea and, dermatitis and hepatitis .It is not necessary every patient develop the side effects. It is safe drug to be given for high degree fever. Yes ear infection can cause fever.
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

You can continue the medication as advised by your Pediatrician.

For fever you can give P250, and if there is high grade fever you can give Mefanorm in prescribed dosage.

Usually mefanorm is a safer drug, if it is used in prescribed dosage. And it is to be given after food and less than 7 days.

Ear problem may not resulted from this viral fever.

But if the fever continues, she needs investigations like CBP, malaria, widal test, complete urine examination after consulting the Pediatrician and re examination.

Hope I have answered your query.

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