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Nalfon

( fenoprofen )

 

200 mg orange / white capsule

300 mg orange / yellow capsule

600 mg orange-yellow capsule-shaped tablet

 

Purpose

To reduce inflammation; to reduce pain.

 

Indications

For anti-inflammatory activity and mild pain relief in rheumatoid arthritis, local conditions, and sometimes cartilage degeneration (osteoarthritis).

 

Dosage

One or two 300 mg capsules three to four times a day. Maximum recommended dosage is ten tablets daily. It is now available in 600 mg capsules, with a maximum dosage of five tablets daily.

 

Side effects

Irritation of the stomach lining is the most frequent side effect and includes nausea, indigestion, and heartburn. Allergic reactions including skin rash or asthma are very rare. Fluid retention is only very occasionally a problem. Hospitalization for gastrointestinal bleeding is required in approximately one percent of patients taking full doss for one year.

 

Special hints

For stomach irritation, reduce the dose, spread it out more throughout the day, or take the drug after meals or after antacid. Maximum effect may take six weeks or more, but you should see major benefit in the first week if the drug is going to be a great help to you. Aspirin should be avoided in general, although the evidence for its effect on the absorption of Nalfon is controversial. Nalfon is quite useful in rheumatoid arthritis and is preferred by many individuals to aspirin on the basis of better effect on the disease as well as less bothersome side effects. It has found uses in osteoarthritis, particularly of the hip.

         
         

     

         

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