Generic name: NabumetoneBrand names: Relafen
Relafen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, is used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis).
You should have frequent checkups with your doctor if you take Relafen regularly. Ulcers or internal bleeding can occur with or without warning.
Relafen can be taken with or without food. Take it exactly as prescribed.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine whether it is safe for you to continue taking Relafen.
Do not take Relafen if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Relafen, or if you have had asthma attacks, hives or other allergic reactions caused by Relafen, aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Stomach and intestinal ulcers can occur without warning. Remember to get regular checkups.
Make sure the doctor knows if you have kidney or liver disease. Relafen should be used with caution.
This drug can cause fluid retention and swelling. It should be used with caution if you have congestive heart failure or high blood pressure.
Relafen can cause increased sensitivity to sunlight.
If Relafen is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Relafen with blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin and aspirin. Other drugs with which Relafen could possibly interact include diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, lithium, and methotrexate.
The effects of Relafen during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Relafen may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If Relafen is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment with Relafen is finished.
The usual starting dose is 1000 milligrams taken as a single dose. Dosage may be increased up to 2000 milligrams per day, taken once or twice a day.
The safety and effectiveness of Relafen in children have not been established.
Overdoses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Relafen have been known to cause stomach bleeding, elevated blood pressure, kidney failure, impaired breathing, and coma, though these effects are rare.
If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.