This medicine contains the active ingredient ketoprofen which is also called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), or just 'anti-inflammatory'. NSAIDs are used to ease pain, stiffness and inflammation of conditions that affect muscles, bones and joints. Ketoprofen is also used to reduce pain and inflammation in rheumatic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, acute gout, tendonitis, lower back pain, sprains and strains, painful periods and it is used after surgical operations.
Ketoprofen, as well as other NSAIDs, eases pain and inflammation by blocking the production of chemicals called ‘prostaglandins’, which are produced at sites of injury or damage.
Is Ketoprofen suitable for me?
Ketoprofen is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to ketoprofen, other NSAIDs or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have ever had a peptic ulcer or bleeding in your gut
- if you have any gut disorders
- if you have severe heart problems
- if you have severe liver or kidney problems
- if you bruise more easily than usual and have bleeding that lasts a long time
- if you are pregnant
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- have ever had any disease of the stomach or intestine
- have asthma or any allergic disease
- have heart, kidney or liver problems
- have excessive fluid loss, salt restriction or heart failure
- have blood clotting disorder
- have high blood pressure,
- have diabetes
- have a condition porphyria
- suffer from any stomach or bowel disorders (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease)
- have a connective-tissue disorder, such as systemic lupus erythematosus
Ketoprofen interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Ketoprofen?
This medicine is available in form of a modified-release capsule, prolonged-release tablet, capsule, film-coated tablet and suppository.
You should take ketoprofen exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your condition and needs.
- Suppositories are designed for insertion into the back passage (rectum) once a day (usually at night).
- Capsules/Tablets should be taken with or after meal. The maximum dose is 200 mg taken once or twice a day.
- The usual dose for modified-release capsule, prolonged-release tablet is one capsule/tablet a day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Ketoprofen side effects?
Like all medicines ketoprofen can cause side effects, including:
- indigestion, heartburn, stomach pain
- nausea, vomiting
- constipation, diarrhea or wind
- rash and itching
- water retention
- drowsiness, sleepiness
- feeling tired or unwell
- ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- weight gain
- inflamed mouth
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.