Generic Name : KETOPROFEN
Pronunciation : (kee toe proe' fen)
Trade Name(s) : Ketofen, Ostofen
Why it is prescribed: Ketoprofen relieves the pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness caused by certain types of arthritis. It is also used to treat moderate internal pain, muscle pain, menstrual pain, and pain after surgery, or childbirth.
When it is to be taken: Ketoprofen usually is taken three or four times a day for arthritis or every six to eight hours as needed for pain. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Ketoprofen is most effective in relieving menstrual pain, if taken at the earliest sign of bleeding or pain.
How it should be taken: Ketroprofen comes in the form of capsules. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose.
Special Instruction :
1. Ketoprofen can affect mental alertness and coordination. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
2. Take only the amount of medication prescribed. If you think that you need more to relieve your symptoms, contact your doctor.
3. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may wish to adjust your dose.
4. If you have vision or hearing problems, you may need to have your eyes or ears examined.
5. If you forget to take a dose, take the missed dose as soon as your remember it. However, if you remember a missed dose near the time you are to take the next dose, take only the scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose.
Side Effects :
1. Indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, stomach pain, gas, loss of appetite. Take ketoprofen with food, milk, or antacids.
2. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Report these problems to your doctor. 3. Headache, sleeplessness, nervousness, dizziness, drowsiness, feeling of uneasiness. If these effects are severe or persist, contact your doctor. 4. Vision problems, ringing in ears, swelling of feet or hands, skin rash. Contact your doctor.
Other Precautions :
1. Before you take ketoprofen, tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially anticoagulants such as warfarin, aspirin, other arthritis medications, diuretics, lithium, methotreaxate, and probenecid.
2. Tell your doctor if you ever had gastritis or bleeding from the stomach or rectum, ulcers diverticultis, kidney disease, or liver disease.
3. If you ever had a bad reaction to aspirin or other medications, tell your doctor before taking ketoprofen.
4. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should inform their doctors before taking ketoprofen.
5. Do not take aspirin while taking ketoprofen unless directed to do so by your doctor.
6. Do not allow anyone else to take your medication.
Storage Conditions : Keep this medication in the container it came in and out of the reach of children.