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Medication prescribed:Fenoprofen is used to relieve the pain, tenderness, inflammation (swelling), and stiffness caused by arthritis. It is also used to relieve other pain, including pain after surgery or childbirth. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used:Fenoprofen comes as a capsule and tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken three or four times a day for arthritis or every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take fenoprofen exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Special precautions:Before taking fenoprofen, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to fenoprofen, aspirin or other medications for arthritis or pain, or any other drugs. tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, atenolol (Tenormin), carteolol (Cartrol), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), diuretics ('water pills'), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), medications for arthritis or diabetes, methotrexate, metoprolol (Lopressor), nadolol (Corgard), phenytoin (Dilantin), probenecid (Benemid), and vitamins. tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver, heart, or kidney disease; high blood pressure; any stomach problems; or any other gastrointestinal disease. tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking fenoprofen, call your doctor. if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking fenoprofen. you should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you. remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication.
Special dietary instructions:Fenoprofen may cause an upset stomach. Take fenoprofen with food or milk.
If I forget a dose:Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects:Although side effects from fenoprofen are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: headache dizziness nervousness upset stomach stomach pain or cramps vomiting constipation diarrhea gas If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: bloody vomit bloody diarrhea or black, tarry stools ringing in the ears swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs skin rash itching
What storage conditions:Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of overdose:In case of overdose, call your local poison control center. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Other information:Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to fenoprofen. Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
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