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Identification
NameMefenamic acid
Accession NumberDB00784  (APRD00730)
TypeSmall Molecule
GroupsApproved
Description

A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic properties. It is an inhibitor of cyclooxygenase. [PubChem]

Structure
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Synonyms
SynonymLanguageCode
Acide méfénamiqueFrenchDCF
Acido mefenamicoSpanishINN
Acidum mefenamicumLatinINN
CI-473Not AvailableNot Available
CN 35355Not AvailableNot Available
CN-35355Not AvailableNot Available
INF 3355Not AvailableNot Available
INF-3355Not AvailableNot Available
MefenaminsaeureNot AvailableNot Available
MefenaminsäureGermanINN
N-(2,3-Xylyl)-2-aminobenzoic acidNot AvailableNot Available
N-2,3-Xylylanthranilic acidNot AvailableNot Available
PonstelNot AvailableNot Available
Prescription Products
NameDosageStrengthRouteLabellerMarketing StartMarketing End
Ponstelcapsule250 mgoralShionogi Inc.1967-03-28Not AvailableUs 0a2ef1ad1c84951dc1392a8bbe1f3cb241c91ed59e44ad8268635315440d978c
Mefenamic Acidcapsule250 mgoralPrasco Laboratories2011-07-11Not AvailableUs 0a2ef1ad1c84951dc1392a8bbe1f3cb241c91ed59e44ad8268635315440d978c
Ponstancapsule250 mgoralErfa Canada 2012 IncNot AvailableNot AvailableCanada 5f16b84899037e23705f146ff57e3794121879cb055f0954756d94bc690476b4
Mefenamiccapsule250 mgoralAa Pharma IncNot AvailableNot AvailableCanada 5f16b84899037e23705f146ff57e3794121879cb055f0954756d94bc690476b4
Generic Prescription Products
NameDosageStrengthRouteLabellerMarketing StartMarketing End
Mefenamic Acidcapsule250 mgoralPaddock Laboratories, LLC.2010-11-19Not AvailableUs 0a2ef1ad1c84951dc1392a8bbe1f3cb241c91ed59e44ad8268635315440d978c
Mefenamic Acidcapsule250 mgoralQualitest Pharmaceuticals2014-06-02Not AvailableUs 0a2ef1ad1c84951dc1392a8bbe1f3cb241c91ed59e44ad8268635315440d978c
Mefenamic Acidcapsule250 mgoralBreckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc.2014-10-13Not AvailableUs 0a2ef1ad1c84951dc1392a8bbe1f3cb241c91ed59e44ad8268635315440d978c
Mefenamic Acidcapsule250 mgoralLUPIN PHARMACEUTICALS INC2011-07-22Not AvailableUs 0a2ef1ad1c84951dc1392a8bbe1f3cb241c91ed59e44ad8268635315440d978c
Over the Counter ProductsNot Available
International Brands
NameCompany
CoslanParke Davis
LysalgoSIT
MefacitSecFarm
ParkemedPfizer
PonalarCoronet Crown
Ponstan FortePfizer
PonstylPfizer
Ponstyl FortPfizer
PontalDaiichi Sankyo
TanstonPfizer
Brand mixtures
Brand NameIngredients
MeparMefenamic Acid and Paracetamol
ParaspasMefenamic Acid and Dicycloverine
Reotran-MFMefenamic Acid and Tranexamic Acid
SaltsNot Available
Categories
CAS number61-68-7
WeightAverage: 241.2851
Monoisotopic: 241.110278729
Chemical FormulaC15H15NO2
InChI KeyHYYBABOKPJLUIN-UHFFFAOYSA-N
InChI
InChI=1S/C15H15NO2/c1-10-6-5-9-13(11(10)2)16-14-8-4-3-7-12(14)15(17)18/h3-9,16H,1-2H3,(H,17,18)
IUPAC Name
2-[(2,3-dimethylphenyl)amino]benzoic acid
SMILES
CC1=C(C)C(NC2=CC=CC=C2C(O)=O)=CC=C1
Taxonomy
DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as aminobenzoic acids. These are benzoic acids containing an amine group attached to the benzene moiety.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassBenzenoids
ClassBenzene and substituted derivatives
Sub ClassBenzoic acids and derivatives
Direct ParentAminobenzoic acids
Alternative Parents
Substituents
  • Aminobenzoic acid
  • Benzoic acid
  • Substituted aniline
  • Benzoyl
  • Aniline
  • Vinylogous amide
  • Secondary amine
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Carboxylic acid
  • Carboxylic acid derivative
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Carbonyl group
  • Amine
  • Aromatic homomonocyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAromatic homomonocyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Pharmacology
IndicationFor the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, dysmenorrhea, and mild to moderate pain, inflammation, and fever.
PharmacodynamicsMefenamic acid, an anthranilic acid derivative, is a member of the fenamate group of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It exhibits anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic activities. Similar to other NSAIDs, mefenamic acid inhibits prostaglandin synthetase.
Mechanism of actionMefenamic acid binds the prostaglandin synthetase receptors COX-1 and COX-2, inhibiting the action of prostaglandin synthetase. As these receptors have a role as a major mediator of inflammation and/or a role for prostanoid signaling in activity-dependent plasticity, the symptoms of pain are temporarily reduced.
AbsorptionMefenamic acid is rapidly absorbed after oral administration.
Volume of distribution
  • 1.06 L/kg [Normal Healthy Adults (18-45 yr)]
Protein binding90%
Metabolism

Mefenamic acid undergoes metabolism by CYP2C9 to 3-hydroxymethyl mefenamic acid, and further oxidation to a 3-carboxymefenamic acid may occur. The activity of these metabolites has not been studied. Mefenamic acid is also glucuronidated directly.

Route of eliminationThe fecal route of elimination accounts for up to 20% of the dose, mainly in the form of unconjugated 3-carboxymefenamic acid.3 The elimination half-life of mefenamic acid is approximately two hours. Mefenamic acid, its metabolites and conjugates are primarily excreted by the kidneys. Both renal and hepatic excretion are significant pathways of elimination.
Half life2 hours
Clearance
  • Oral cl=21.23 L/hr [Healthy adults (18-45 yrs)]
ToxicityOral, rat LD50: 740 mg/kg. Symptoms of overdose may include severe stomach pain, coffee ground-like vomit, dark stool, ringing in the ears, change in amount of urine, unusually fast or slow heartbeat, muscle weakness, slow or shallow breathing, confusion, severe headache or loss of consciousness.
Affected organisms
  • Humans and other mammals
PathwaysNot Available
SNP Mediated EffectsNot Available
SNP Mediated Adverse Drug ReactionsNot Available
ADMET
Predicted ADMET features
PropertyValueProbability
Human Intestinal Absorption+0.9156
Blood Brain Barrier+0.762
Caco-2 permeable+0.8866
P-glycoprotein substrateNon-substrate0.7948
P-glycoprotein inhibitor INon-inhibitor0.8632
P-glycoprotein inhibitor IINon-inhibitor0.9147
Renal organic cation transporterNon-inhibitor0.9191
CYP450 2C9 substrateNon-substrate0.6814
CYP450 2D6 substrateNon-substrate0.9116
CYP450 3A4 substrateNon-substrate0.7019
CYP450 1A2 substrateInhibitor0.9107
CYP450 2C9 substrateInhibitor0.8949
CYP450 2D6 substrateNon-inhibitor0.9483
CYP450 2C19 substrateNon-inhibitor0.9025
CYP450 3A4 substrateNon-inhibitor0.9175
CYP450 inhibitory promiscuityLow CYP Inhibitory Promiscuity0.6613
Ames testNon AMES toxic0.812
CarcinogenicityNon-carcinogens0.5833
BiodegradationNot ready biodegradable0.822
Rat acute toxicity2.5445 LD50, mol/kg Not applicable
hERG inhibition (predictor I)Weak inhibitor0.9727
hERG inhibition (predictor II)Non-inhibitor0.8706
Pharmacoeconomics
Manufacturers
  • Shionogi pharma inc
Packagers
Dosage forms
FormRouteStrength
Capsuleoral250 mg
Prices
Unit descriptionCostUnit
Ponstel 250 mg capsule11.85USD capsule
Mefenamic acid powder2.85USD g
Ponstel 250 mg kapseals1.59USD each
Apo-Mefenamic 250 mg Capsule0.52USD capsule
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PatentsNot Available
Properties
StateSolid
Experimental Properties
PropertyValueSource
melting point230-231 °CPhysProp
water solubility20 mg/L (at 30 °C)YALKOWSKY,SH & DANNENFELSER,RM (1992)
logP5.12HANSCH,C ET AL. (1995)
logS-3.78ADME Research, USCD
pKa4.2SANGSTER (1994)
Predicted Properties
PropertyValueSource
Water Solubility0.0137 mg/mLALOGPS
logP4.58ALOGPS
logP5.4ChemAxon
logS-4.2ALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)3.89ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)-1.6ChemAxon
Physiological Charge-1ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count3ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count2ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area49.33 Å2ChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count3ChemAxon
Refractivity71.88 m3·mol-1ChemAxon
Polarizability26.22 Å3ChemAxon
Number of Rings2ChemAxon
Bioavailability1ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Spectra
Mass Spec (NIST)Not Available
SpectraNot Available
References
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
General ReferenceNot Available
External Links
ATC CodesM01AG01
AHFS Codes
  • 28:08.04.92
PDB EntriesNot Available
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Interactions
Drug Interactions
Drug
AbciximabAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
AcenocoumarolAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
Acetylsalicylic acidNSAID (Nonselective) may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Salicylates. An increased risk of bleeding may be associated with use of this combination. NSAID (Nonselective) may diminish the cardioprotective effect of Salicylates. Salicylates may decrease the serum concentration of NSAID (Nonselective). Exceptions: Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate.
AliskirenNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may diminish the antihypertensive effect of Aliskiren. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aliskiren.
AlteplaseAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Thrombolytic Agents.
AmikacinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
AnistreplaseAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Thrombolytic Agents.
ApixabanAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Apixaban. Specifically, the risk for bleeding may be increased.
ArbekacinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
Citric AcidAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
ColesevelamMay decrease the absorption of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents.
Dabigatran etexilateAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Dabigatran Etexilate. Agents with Antiplatelet Properties may increase the serum concentration of Dabigatran Etexilate. This mechanism applies specifically to clopidogrel.
DalteparinAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
DasatinibMay enhance the anticoagulant effect of Agents with Antiplatelet Properties.
DeferasiroxNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Deferasirox. Specifically, the risk for GI ulceration/irritation or GI bleeding may be increased.
Deoxycholic AcidAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Deoxycholic Acid. Specifically, the risk for bleeding or bruising in the treatment area may be increased.
DesmopressinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Desmopressin.
DicoumarolAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
DigoxinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may increase the serum concentration of Digoxin.
Edetic AcidAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
EnoxaparinAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
EplerenoneNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may diminish the antihypertensive effect of Eplerenone. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may enhance the hyperkalemic effect of Eplerenone.
Ethyl biscoumacetateAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
FloctafenineMay enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents.
Fondaparinux sodiumAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
FramycetinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
GentamicinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
GlucosamineMay enhance the antiplatelet effect of Agents with Antiplatelet Properties.
HaloperidolNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Haloperidol. Specifically including drowsiness and confusion.
HeparinAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
HydralazineNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may diminish the antihypertensive effect of HydrALAZINE.
IbritumomabAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Ibritumomab. Both agents may contribute to impaired platelet function and an increased risk of bleeding.
KanamycinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
LithiumNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may increase the serum concentration of Lithium.
MethotrexateNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may increase the serum concentration of Methotrexate.
NeomycinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
NetilmicinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
ObinutuzumabAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Obinutuzumab. Specifically, the risk of serious bleeding-related events may be increased.
PemetrexedNSAID (Nonselective) may increase the serum concentration of PEMEtrexed.
PentoxifyllineMay enhance the antiplatelet effect of Agents with Antiplatelet Properties.
PhenindioneAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
PhenprocoumonAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
PorfimerPhotosensitizing Agents may enhance the photosensitizing effect of Porfimer.
PralatrexateNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may increase the serum concentration of PRALAtrexate. More specifically, NSAIDS may decrease the renal excretion of pralatrexate.
ProbenecidMay increase the serum concentration of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents.
ReteplaseAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Thrombolytic Agents.
RibostamycinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
RidogrelAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Thrombolytic Agents.
RivaroxabanAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Rivaroxaban.
Salicylate-sodiumNSAID (Nonselective) may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Salicylates. An increased risk of bleeding may be associated with use of this combination. NSAID (Nonselective) may diminish the cardioprotective effect of Salicylates. Salicylates may decrease the serum concentration of NSAID (Nonselective). Exceptions: Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate.
SpectinomycinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
StreptokinaseAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Thrombolytic Agents.
StreptomycinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
SulodexideAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
TenecteplaseAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Thrombolytic Agents.
TenofovirNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Tenofovir.
TipranavirMay enhance the antiplatelet effect of Agents with Antiplatelet Properties.
TobramycinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants.
TreprostinilAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
UrokinaseAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Thrombolytic Agents.
VancomycinNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may increase the serum concentration of Vancomycin.
VerteporfinPhotosensitizing Agents may enhance the photosensitizing effect of Verteporfin.
Vitamin EMay enhance the antiplatelet effect of Agents with Antiplatelet Properties.
WarfarinAgents with Antiplatelet Properties may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants.
Food Interactions
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Take with food.

Targets

1. Prostaglandin G/H synthase 2

Kind: protein

Organism: Human

Pharmacological action: yes

Actions: inhibitor

Components

Name UniProt ID Details
Prostaglandin G/H synthase 2 P35354 Details

References:

  1. Gierse JK, Hauser SD, Creely DP, Koboldt C, Rangwala SH, Isakson PC, Seibert K: Expression and selective inhibition of the constitutive and inducible forms of human cyclo-oxygenase. Biochem J. 1995 Jan 15;305 ( Pt 2):479-84. Pubmed
  2. Bhat AS, Tandan SK, Kumar D, Krishna V, Prakash VR: Interaction between inhibitors of inducible nitric oxide synthase and cyclooxygenase in adjuvant-induced arthritis in female albino rats: an isobolographic study. Eur J Pharmacol. 2007 Feb 5;556(1-3):190-9. Epub 2006 Oct 27. Pubmed
  3. Bhat AS, Tandan SK, Kumar D, Krishna V, Prakash VR: Interaction between inhibitors of inducible nitric oxide synthase and cyclooxygenase in Brewer’s yeast induced pyrexia in mice: an isobolographic study. Eur J Pharmacol. 2005 Mar 28;511(2-3):137-42. Pubmed
  4. Cryer B, Feldman M: Cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2 selectivity of widely used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Am J Med. 1998 May;104(5):413-21. Pubmed
  5. Walton LJ, Franklin IJ, Bayston T, Brown LC, Greenhalgh RM, Taylor GW, Powell JT: Inhibition of prostaglandin E2 synthesis in abdominal aortic aneurysms: implications for smooth muscle cell viability, inflammatory processes, and the expansion of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Circulation. 1999 Jul 6;100(1):48-54. Pubmed
  6. Chen X, Ji ZL, Chen YZ: TTD: Therapeutic Target Database. Nucleic Acids Res. 2002 Jan 1;30(1):412-5. Pubmed

2. Prostaglandin G/H synthase 1

Kind: protein

Organism: Human

Pharmacological action: unknown

Actions: inhibitor

Components

Name UniProt ID Details
Prostaglandin G/H synthase 1 P23219 Details

References:

  1. Sinniah R, Lye WC: Acute renal failure from hemoglobinuric and interstitial nephritis secondary to iodine and mefenamic acid. Clin Nephrol. 2001 Mar;55(3):254-8. Pubmed
  2. Joo Y, Kim HS, Woo RS, Park CH, Shin KY, Lee JP, Chang KA, Kim S, Suh YH: Mefenamic acid shows neuroprotective effects and improves cognitive impairment in in vitro and in vivo Alzheimer’s disease models. Mol Pharmacol. 2006 Jan;69(1):76-84. Epub 2005 Oct 13. Pubmed
  3. Cryer B, Feldman M: Cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2 selectivity of widely used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Am J Med. 1998 May;104(5):413-21. Pubmed
  4. Gierse JK, Hauser SD, Creely DP, Koboldt C, Rangwala SH, Isakson PC, Seibert K: Expression and selective inhibition of the constitutive and inducible forms of human cyclo-oxygenase. Biochem J. 1995 Jan 15;305 ( Pt 2):479-84. Pubmed
  5. Laudanno OM, Cesolari JA, Esnarriaga J, Flaherty P, Vada J, Guastalli G, San Miguel P, Bedini OA: [In vivo selectivity of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on COX-1-COX-2 and gastrointestinal ulcers, in rats] Acta Gastroenterol Latinoam. 1998;28(3):249-55. Pubmed

Enzymes

1. Cytochrome P450 2C9

Kind: protein

Organism: Human

Pharmacological action: unknown

Actions: substrate inhibitor

Components

Name UniProt ID Details
Cytochrome P450 2C9 P11712 Details

References:

  1. Zhou SF, Zhou ZW, Yang LP, Cai JP: Substrates, inducers, inhibitors and structure-activity relationships of human Cytochrome P450 2C9 and implications in drug development. Curr Med Chem. 2009;16(27):3480-675. Epub 2009 Sep 1. Pubmed
  2. Preissner S, Kroll K, Dunkel M, Senger C, Goldsobel G, Kuzman D, Guenther S, Winnenburg R, Schroeder M, Preissner R: SuperCYP: a comprehensive database on Cytochrome P450 enzymes including a tool for analysis of CYP-drug interactions. Nucleic Acids Res. 2010 Jan;38(Database issue):D237-43. Epub 2009 Nov 24. Pubmed

2. Cytochrome P450 2C8

Kind: protein

Organism: Human

Pharmacological action: unknown

Actions: substrate inhibitor

Components

Name UniProt ID Details
Cytochrome P450 2C8 P10632 Details

References:

  1. Preissner S, Kroll K, Dunkel M, Senger C, Goldsobel G, Kuzman D, Guenther S, Winnenburg R, Schroeder M, Preissner R: SuperCYP: a comprehensive database on Cytochrome P450 enzymes including a tool for analysis of CYP-drug interactions. Nucleic Acids Res. 2010 Jan;38(Database issue):D237-43. Epub 2009 Nov 24. Pubmed

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