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Pronounced: AN-sed
Generic name: Flurbiprofen

Why is this drug prescribed: Ansaid, 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).

Most important fact about this drug: You should have frequent checkups with your doctor if you take Ansaid regularly. Ulcers or internal bleeding can occur without warning.

How should you take this medication: Your doctor may ask you to take Ansaid with food or an antacid. Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you are using Ansaid for arthritis, it should be taken regularly. --If you miss a dose... Take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time. --Storage instructions... Store at room temperature.

What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Ansaid. More common side effects may include: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, general feeling of illness, headache, indigestion, nausea, swelling due to fluid retention, urinary tract infection Less common or rare side effects may include: Altered sense of smell, anemia, anxiety, asthma, blood in the urine, bloody diarrhea, bruising, chills and fever, confusion, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), constipation, depression, dizziness, feeling of illness, gas, heart failure, hepatitis, high blood pressure, hives, inflammation of the nose or mouth, inflammation of the stomach, insomnia, itching, kidney failure, lack of coordination, memory loss, nervousness, nosebleed, peptic ulcer, pins and needles, rash, ringing in the ears, sensitivity of skin to light, severe allergic reaction, skin inflammation with or without sores and crusting, sleepiness, stomach and intestinal bleeding, swelling of throat, tremor, twitching, vision changes, vomiting, vomiting blood, weakness, weight changes, welts, yellow eyes and skin

Why should this drug not be prescribed: If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Ansaid, aspirin, or similar drugs such as Motrin, or if you have had asthma attacks caused by aspirin or other drugs of this type, you should not take this medication. Fatal attacks have occurred in people allergic to this drug. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.

Special warnings about this medication: This drug should be used with caution if you have kidney or liver disease. Kidney problems are most likely to develop in such people, as well as in those with heart failure, those taking water pills, and older adults. If you have asthma, take Ansaid with extra caution. Do not take aspirin or similar drugs while taking Ansaid, unless your doctor tells you to do so. Ansaid can cause vision problems. If you experience a change in your vision, inform your doctor. Blurred and/or decreased vision has occurred while taking this medication. Ansaid slows the clotting process. If you are taking blood-thinning medication, this drug should be taken with caution. This drug can increase water retention. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, use with caution. If you want to take Ansaid for pain less serious than that of arthritis, be sure to discuss the risks of using this drug with your doctor.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: If Ansaid 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 Ansaid with the following: Antacids Aspirin Beta blockers such as the blood pressure medications Inderal and Tenormin Blood thinners such as Coumadin Cimetidine (Tagamet) Methotrexate (Rheumatrex) Oral diabetes drugs such as Micronase Ranitidine (Zantac) Water pills such as Lasix and Bumex

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: The effects of Ansaid during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. In particular, you should not use Ansaid in late pregnancy, as it can affect the developing baby's circulatory system. Ansaid appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.

Recommended dosage: ADULTS: Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis: The usual starting dosage is a total of 200 to 300 milligrams a day, divided into 2, 3, or 4 smaller doses (usually 3 or 4 for rheumatoid arthritis). Your doctor will tailor the dose to suit your needs, but you should not take more than 100 milligrams at any one time or more than 300 milligrams in a day. CHILDREN: The safety and effectiveness of Ansaid have not been established in children. OLDER ADULTS: Older people are among those most apt to develop kidney problems while taking this drug. Your doctor will determine the dosage according to your needs.

Overdosage: Any medication taken in excess can cause symptoms of overdose. If you suspect an overdose of Ansaid, seek medical attention immediately. The symptoms of Ansaid overdose may include: Agitation, change in pupil size, coma, disorientation, dizziness, double vision, drowsiness, headache, nausea, semiconsciousness, shallow breathing, stomach pain

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