Relafen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Relafen is prescribed for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Relafen is prescribed to reduce swelling and to treat pain.
Relafen is in a class of drugs called NSAIDs.
Relafen is prescribed to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis.
Relafen works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.
Relafen is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Cigarette smoker;
- Drink more than 3 alcohol containing drinks a day;
- Heart disease or circulation problems such as heart failure or leg edema (fluid retention);
- Hemophilia or bleeding problems;
- High blood pressure;
- Kidney disease;
- Liver disease;
- Stomach bleeding or ulcers;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Relafen, aspirin, other NSAIDs, other drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Relafen, aspirin or other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or any other medications.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what script and nonscript medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention the medications listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section and any of the following: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), and trandolapril (Mavik) diuretics ('water pills') lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)oral medications for diabetes phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek) and methotrexate (Rheumatrex). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma, especially if you also have frequent stuffed or runny nose or nasal polyps (swelling of the lining of the nose) swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs or kidney or liver disease.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, especially if you are in the last few months of your pregnancy, you plan to become pregnant, or you are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Relafen, call your doctor.
- If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Relafen.
Do not take Relafen with any of the following drugs:
- Drugs for high blood pressure;
- Other drugs for inflammation like ketorolac, ibuprofen, and prednisone;
Relafen side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Black or bloody stools, blood in the urine or vomit;
- Blurred vision;
- Chest pain;
- Difficulty breathing or wheezing;
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Skin rash, skin redness, blistering or peeling skin, hives, or itching;
- Slurred speech or weakness on one side of the body;
- Severe stomach pain;
- Swelling of eyelids, throat, lips;
- Unexplained weight gain or swelling;
- Unusually weak or tired;
- Yellowing of eyes or skin;
- Constipation or diarrhea;
- Gas or heartburn;
- Gas or bloating;
- Dry mouth;
- Sores in the mouth;
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep;
- Increased sweating;
Reported Relafen overdose symptoms are:
- Lack of energy;
- Upset stomach;
- Stomach pain;
- Difficulty breathing;
The usual starting dose is 1000 mg taken as a single dose. Dosage may be increased up to 2000 mg per day, taken once or twice a day.
The safety and effectiveness of this drug in children have not been established.