GENERIC NAME: flurbiprofen
BRAND NAME: NONE
DISCONTINUED BRAND: Ansaid
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- Flurbiprofen is used for the treatment of inflammation and pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, as well as soft tissue injuries, such as tendinitis and bursitis.
Most patients benefit from flurbiprofen and other NSAIDs with few side effects. However, serious side effects can occur, and generally tend to be dose related. Therefore, it is often desirable to use the lowest effective dose to minimize side effects. The most common side effects of flurbiprofen involve the gastrointestinal system. These are:
- Abdominal burning
- Water retention
- Sensitivity to sunlight
- Serious gastrointestinal bleeding
- Liver toxicity
Other important side effects include:
Flurbiprofen should be avoided by patients with a history of asthma attacks, hives, or other allergic reactions to aspirin or other NSAIDs. Rare but severe allergic reactions have been reported in such individuals.
It also should be avoided by patients with peptic ulcer disease or poor kidney function, since this medication can aggravate both conditions.
Like other NSAIDS flurbiprofen may cause heart attacks and strokes; accumulation of fluid and worsen heart failure; cause or worsen hypertension and kidney failure.
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