Relafen is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Its main component is nabumetone. It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Relafen is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis.
Take Relafen exactly as prescribed by your doctor. For osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, the recommended starting dose is 1000 mg once a day or divided into a twice-daily dose. It can be taken with or without food. The maximum recommended daily dosage of Relafen is 2000 mg. It should be taken with a glass of water. Taking it with milk or food may prevent an upset stomach. Relafen should be taken at the same time each day. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed.
Before taking Relafen you should talk with your doctor if you have heart attack, stroke, blood clot, heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers or bleeding, liver or kidney disease, asthma, polyps in your nose, bleeding or blood clotting disorder, diabetes, any allergies, or if you smoke. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or perform tasks that require alertness. Use of alcohol and tobacco may increase your risk for stomach bleeding.
You should not take Relafen if you are allergic to Relafen, nabumetone, or any of the inactive components of this medication, you are in the third trimester of pregnancy or breastfeeding, or if you have stomach ulcer, bleeding within the head, hives, or asthma that is caused by aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have nausea, stomach pain, chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, low fever, problems with vision or balance, dark urine, urinating less than usual, black or bloody stools, muscle weakness, swelling, rapid weight gain, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), upset stomach, mild heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, tingling, red skin rash, numbness, nervousness, skin itching, ringing in your ears, blurred vision. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: blood thinners (warfarin), lithium, methotrexate, diuretics (furosemide), steroids (prednisone, hydrocortisone, prednisolone) aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (etodolac, flurbiprofen, indomethacin, ketoprofen, meloxicam, naproxen), ACE inhibitors (benazepril, captopril, fosinopril, enalapril, lisinopril, ramipril), angiotensin II receptor blockers (eposartan, losartan, valsartan, telmisartan), beta blockers (betaxolol, propranolol, metoprolol), digoxin, thrombolytics (streptokinase, alteplase, reteplase), SSRI or SNRI medications (duloxetine, citalopram, fluvoxamine, milnacipran).
Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are severe stomach pain, vomiting, extreme drowsiness, loss of consciousness, slowed or shallow breathing.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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