nabumetone, Relafen (Discontinued)

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GENERIC NAME: nabumetone

BRAND NAME: Relafen (Discontinued)

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Nabumetone 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 several 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. NSAIDs block the enzyme that makes prostaglandins (cyclooxygenase), resulting in lower concentrations of prostaglandins. As a consequence, inflammation, pain and fever are reduced. Since the response to different NSAIDs varies from patient to patient, it is not unusual for a doctor to try different NSAIDs for any given condition. The FDA approved nabumetone in December 1991.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 500 and 750 mg

STORAGE: Nabumetone should be stored at 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F), in a sealed, light- and moisture-resistant container.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/4/2013



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