GENERIC NAME: ketoprofen
BRAND NAME: N/A
DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Nexcede, Orudis, Oruvail, Actron
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Ketoprofen is an oral drug that belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other members of this class include ibuprofen (Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Aleve) and many others. These drugs are used for the management of mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation. They work by reducing the levels of prostaglandins, chemicals produced by the body that are responsible for pain, fever, and inflammation. Ketoprofen reduces prostaglandins by blocking the enzyme that makes them (cyclooxygenase). As a consequence, inflammation, pain and fever are reduced.
The FDA approved ketoprofen in January 1986.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Ketoprofen is used for the treatment of:
- Inflammation and pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Menstrual cramps
- Mild to moderate pain of many causes
Extended release capsules are not used for acute pain because they do not begin working as quickly as the immediate release capsules.
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