What is Feldene?Feldene is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
What is the most important information I should know about Feldene?NSAIDs, such as Feldene may increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death. This risk increases with longer use of NSAIDs and in people who have heart disease. NSAIDs should never be used right before or after a heart surgery called a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).
NSAIDs may cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. The chance of a person getting an ulcer or bleeding increases if you are also taking corticosteroids or blood thinners, with longer use, if you smoke or drink alcohol, are of older age, or are in poor health.
Who should not take Feldene?Do not take Feldene if: you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Feldene, any of its ingredients, ibuprofen, aspirin, or similar drugs (such as naproxen); if you have had asthma attacks caused by aspirin or other drugs of this type; or have a history of angioedema (a condition involving swelling of the face, extremities, eyes, lips, and tongue).
Do not take Feldene for the treatment of pain associated with heart bypass surgery.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Feldene?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Feldene. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart problems, stomach problems, kidney disease, high blood pressure, internal bleeding, a blood clotting problem, asthma, if you smoke or drink alcohol, have diabetes, or kidney or liver problems.
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 dose is 20 milligrams (mg) once per day. If needed, your doctor may instruct you to divide this dosage into smaller doses.
How should I take Feldene?Take Feldene exactly as prescribed by your doctor. To prevent upset stomach and side effects, take this medication with food. Never take it on an empty stomach.
Though there is an immediate response to Feldene, it may take up to 2 week to see the full effects.
What should I avoid while taking Feldene?Never take Feldene on an empty stomach.
Avoid the use of other NSAIDs such as Motrin (ibuprofen) and products containing aspirin. Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking while on Feldene.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Feldene?If Feldene 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 Feldene with the following: blood pressure medications in a class called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics (water pills), lithium, methotrexate, and warfarin.
What are the possible side effects of Feldene?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: constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, gas, heartburn, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting
Can I receive Feldene if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Feldene should be avoided in late pregnancy. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. If you are nursing, your doctor will advise you whether to discontinue Feldene or to discontinue nursing.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Feldene?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. Do not two doses at once.
How should I store Feldene?Store at room temperature.
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