What is Flector?Flector is a skin patch that contains a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), used for the treatment of acute pain due to minor strains, sprains, and bruises.
What is the most important information I should know about Flector?NSAIDs such as Flector may increase the risk of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke, which can be fatal. Patients with heart problems may be at a greater risk. Get emergency help immediately if you experience any of the following: shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness in one part or side of the body, or slurred speech.
NSAIDs should never be used before or after heart bypass surgery.
As with other NSAIDs, Flector can cause serious--and possibly life-threatening--allergic reactions. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: nausea, unusual tiredness or weakness, itching, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), stomach pain, flu symptoms, vomiting blood or the appearance of blood in the stools (for example black stools), unusual weight gain, and skin rash or blisters accompanied by a fever, or swelling of the arms, legs, hands, and feet.
NSAIDs can also increase the risk of serious stomach and intestinal problems, including bleeding and ulceration of the stomach, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time during use and without warning. Elderly patients are at a greater risk.
Who should not take Flector?Do not take Flector if you are scheduled to have, or have recently undergone, heart bypass (CABG) surgery.
Do not use Flector if you are allergic to any of its ingredients or if you are allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs. Also avoid this drug if you have ever experienced a reaction such as breathing problems, hives, or a runny nose after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Flector?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Flector. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have ulcers or stomach problems, high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, heart problems, wheezing, allergies to aspirin or other NSAIDs, or 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 recommended dose is one patch applied to the most painful area twice a day.
How should I take Flector?Flector patches should be applied to skin that is intact. You can tape the patch down if it begins to peel off at the edges. Wash your hands after applying the patch.
What should I avoid while taking Flector?Do not apply the patch to red or damaged skin resulting from injuries (such as burns or wounds) or other skin conditions, such as eczema or dermatitis (inflammation or irritation of the skin).
Avoid showering or bathing while wearing the patch.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Flector?If Flector 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 Flector with any of the following: blood pressure drugs known as angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (such as enalapril), aspirin, diuretics (water pill), lithium, methotrexate, and warfarin.
What are the possible side effects of Flector?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: skin reactions at the application site (including rash, burning, dryness, discoloration, blistering, itching, and inflammation), nausea, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, stomach pain, dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness
Can I receive Flector if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Flector during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk with your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Flector?Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Do not apply two patches at once.
How should I store Flector?Store at room temperature.
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