What is Ansaid?Ansaid is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis).
What is the most important information I should know about Ansaid?Ansaid and other NSAIDs may increase the risk of developing serious life-threatening heart or circulation problems, such as heart attack and stroke, especially with long-term use, and may result in hospitalization and even death. These may occur without warning signs. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or weakness.
Ansaid and other NSAIDs can cause stomach discomfort. Rarely, serious ulcers or internal bleeding can occur without warning and result in hospitalization or even death. Be alert and tell your doctor immediately if you experience stomach pain, indigestion, or bloody vomit or stools. The risk of getting an ulcer or bleeding is greater if you take corticosteroids or blood thinners, use NSAIDs for an extended period of time, if you smoke or drink alcohol, are older, or if you are in poor health.
Who should not take Ansaid?Do not take Ansaid if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to ibuprofen, aspirin, or similar drugs (such as naproxen), if you have had asthma attacks caused by aspirin or other drugs of this type, or if you have angioedema (a condition whose symptoms include extreme skin swelling). Make sure that your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have experienced.
Do not take Ansaid for the treatment of pain associated with coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ansaid?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ansaid. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, fluid retention, stomach or intestinal ulcers, internal bleeding, a blood clotting problem, asthma, if you smoke or drink alcohol, or if you have diabetes, kidney or liver disease, or an infection. Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual starting dose is a total of 200-300 milligrams (mg) a day, divided into two to four smaller doses (usually three or four 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.
How should I take Ansaid?Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may tell you to take Ansaid with food or an antacid. Unless your doctor advises you to do so, avoid using aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications simultaneously with Ansaid.
What should I avoid while taking Ansaid?Avoid alcohol and smoking during treatment with Ansaid.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ansaid?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, antidiabetes drugs, aspirin, beta-blockers, blood thinners, corticosteroids, cimetidine, diuretics (water pills), methotrexate, ranitidine, and lithium.
What are the possible side effects of Ansaid?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abdominal pain, diarrhea, general feeling of illness, headache, indigestion, nausea, swelling due to fluid retention, urinary tract infection
Can I receive Ansaid if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Ansaid should be avoided in late pregnancy. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Ansaid is excreted in human milk. If you are nursing, your doctor will advise you whether to discontinue Ansaid or to discontinue nursing.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Ansaid?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 two doses at the same time.
How should I store Ansaid?Store at room temperature.
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