Relafen Nabumetone and/or alternatives
Relafen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The generic name of this drug is Nabumetone. It is administered orally and is available in form of oral tablets (Relafen 500 mg and 750 mg).
Nonmedical ingredients present in this drug are: microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, polysorbate 80, sodium starch glycolate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and iron oxides (present only in 750 mg oral tablets).
Indications & Dosage of Relafen
Relafen is used for treating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. This drug provides relief from joint stiffness, swelling, and inflammation. NSAIDs work by blocking the activity of prostaglandins, hormones that are responsible for pain and inflammation.
Relafen is not a cure for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis nor does it prevents or slows the advancement of these conditions.
The recommended dosage of Relafen for the symptomatic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis is 1000 mg, administered in a single dose or two doses. Some patients may require higher dosage to obtain adequate symptomatic relief. The maximum daily dosage is 2000 mg. You should in no circumstance take more than 2000 mg of Relafen in a day.
Relafen should be taken with a full glass of water (8 ounces). You may take this drug with or without food. If you experience upset stomach due to Relafen, take your daily dosage with food or milk.
Side Effects & Interactions of Relafen
The most common side effects of Relafen are heartburn and diarrhea. If you experience any of these and they are severe, consult your doctor immediately.
Other common side effects are:
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Dry mouth
- Unexplained bleeding
You must seek medical help immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects during your treatment.
- Slurred speech, shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness, balance or vision problems
- An allergic reaction – unexplained rash, blisters, swelling, difficulty breathing, wheezing
- Liver damage – excessive fatigue, yellow eyes or skin, nausea, loss of appetite, dark stools or urine
- Unexplained weight gain
Your risk to easy bruising or bleeding may increase if you take certain antidepressants (example: fluoxetine, duloxetine, fluvoxamine, venlafaxine, escitalopram, citalopram, sertraline, or paroxetine) during your treatment with Relafen. Before you buy Relafen online, tell your doctor if you are taking any of these drugs.
Other drugs that may interact with Relafen may include, but not limited to, the following
- Blood thinners
- Other NSAIDs (aspirin, etodolac, naproxen, ketoprofen, indomethacin, flurbiprofen, piroxicam, meloxicam, and others)
- ACE inhibitors (captopril, ramipril, benazepril, lisinopril, enalapril, and others)
Warnings & Precautions of Relafen
Relafen may cause severe, even life-threatening, side effects. It is important that before you buy Relafen you discuss the potential risks in your case with your doctor.
NSAIDs, including Relafen, may increase your risk of developing fatal blood circulation or heart problems. You should not buy Relafen if you recently had or are about to undergo a cardiac surgery.
NSAIDs, including Relafen, may increase your risk of developing serious, even fatal, stomach or intestinal problems, including perforation, ulcers, or bleeding. You will need to exercise extreme caution if you have a history of gastrointestinal bleeding or stomach ulcers.
Relafen comes under pregnancy category C. This drug may harm an unborn child. If you are pregnant, tell your doctor about it. Your doctor will decide if it is safe for you to use this drug during pregnancy.
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