The Ketoprofen is an anti-inflammatory non-steroidal (apparitene the category of NSAIDs: drugs against inflammation, but not cortisone). It works by blocking the production of the molecules responsible for pain, fever and inflammation .
What is Ketoprofen used for?
Ketoprofen can be prescribed by the doctor to reduce pain, swelling and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (wear and tear on the joints, typical of old age), rheumatoid arthritis (characteristic of the hands, wrists and feet) or other ailments associated with pain , such as form of ankylosing spondylitis arthritis, Reiter’s syndrome, bursitis, tendinitis , gout.
In addition, it can be taken without a prescription in the case of less serious pain, such as headache , menstrual pain, cold, muscle pain, back pain and to lower fever.
How is Ketoprofen taken?
Ketoprofen can be taken orally in the form of capsules, prolonged-release capsules, tablets, granules to be dissolved in water, on the tongue or under the tongue. It can only be taken if necessary or regularly, following a doctor’s prescription, generally on a full stomach .
Side effects of Ketoprofen
Possible side effects of Ketoprofen include:
- gastric ulcers and bleeding
- sores in the mouth
It is important to seek medical attention immediately if, after taking the drug, the following appear:
- difficulty breathing or difficulty swallowing
- difficulty or pain in urination
- pain in the upper right side of the abdomen
- swelling of eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles or calves
- yellowish discolouration of the skin
- unjustified bruising or bleeding
- lack of energy
- loss of appetite
- unjustified weight loss
- vision problems
- flu-like symptoms
- excessive tiredness
- opaque, colorless or blood-containing urine
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Ketoprofen
Taking NSAIDs increases the risk of heart attack and stroke .
Before taking Ketoprofen it is important to tell your doctor:
- of allergies to the active substance, its excipients, to other NSAIDs or any other drug;
- of the medicines, phytotherapy and supplements taken, remembering to mention ACE inhibitors, diuretics, Lithium, antidiabetic agents, Methotrexate, Phenytoin, Probenecid and sulfonamide antibiotics;
- if you suffer or have suffered from asthma (especially if associated with frequent episodes of runny nose or nasal polyps), swelling of the hands, arms, feet, ankles or calves,
- liver or kidney disease ;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .
You must inform surgeons and dentists to be treated with the ketoprofen.