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Ansaid

( flurbiprofen )

 

50 mg white tablet, 100 mg blue tablet

 

Purpose

To reduce inflammation; to slightly reduce pain.

 

Indications

For relief of pain in rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.

 

Dosage

Usually prescribe as one tablet ( 50 mg or 100 mg ) two or three times per day. The maximum recommended dosage is 300 mg per day.

 

Side effects

The most frequent side effects are gastrointestinal, as with other drugs of this group. Diarrhea is a frequent problem and can be quite severe. Irritation of the stomach lining can cause nausea, heartburn, and indigestion. Occasionally, individuals note fluid retention.

 

Allergic reactions such as rash or asthma are very rare. Hospitalization for gastrointestinal bleeding probably occurs in about 1% of those taking full doses for one year.

 

Special hints

For irritation of the stomach, decrease the dose or spread the tablets out throughout the day. Absorption will be slightly decreased if you take the drug after meals or after antacids, but greater comfort may result. For the diarrhea, you have to eliminate the drug and then, if it is desired, start again at a lower dose. Flurbiprofen has been found useful in rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative arthritis, and for treatment of local conditions. Perhaps because it is one of the more recent drugs to be approved, and perhaps because of the problem with diarrhea. Ansaid has not been as widely used as many of the other agents. However, like any other drug of this group, it may be preferred by certain individuals.

         
         

     

         

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