( fenoprofen )
200 mg orange / white capsule
300 mg orange / yellow capsule
600 mg orange-yellow
To reduce inflammation; to reduce pain.
For anti-inflammatory activity
and mild pain relief in rheumatoid arthritis, local conditions, and
sometimes cartilage degeneration (osteoarthritis).
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
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.
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.