NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUG (NSAID)
Relafen is a prescription medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Relafen is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by psoriatic arthritis. Relafen is also known by its drug name, nabumetone.
Relafen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain and inflammation. Relafen is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation in the body.
How do I take it?
Relafen is taken orally as a tablet twice a day with or without food. Your doctor will prescribe a dosage based on your needs. When taking NSAIDs, it is important to use the lowest dose that is effective and to take it for the shortest amount of time to avoid side effects.
Relafen can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Protect your skin from sunburn while taking Relafen by covering it with clothing or sunscreen of protection factor of 15 or higher.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Relafen.
Common side effects of Relafen include diarrhea, heartburn, abdominal pain, constipation, gas, nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, dizziness, headache, fatigue, increased sweating, insomnia, drowsiness, ringing in the ears, rash, and swelling. Relafen can cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunlight, increasing your risk for sunburn.
Rare but serious side effects of Relafen may include an increase in the risk of stroke, heart attack, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience pain in your chest or left arm, shortness of breath, numbness in your hands or feet, or sudden weakness on one side of your body.
Contact your doctor if you experience severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, black stools that appear bloody or tarry, a change in the amount of urine you produce, yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice), weight gain, skin problems such as rash or hives, mouth ulcers, swelling, and fast heartbeat (tachycardia), or a stiff neck while taking Relafen.
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