Fenoprofen - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Fenoprofen helps relieve pain and inflammation. It is used to provide relief in pain associated with osteoarthritis (a joint disorder where the protective tissue that covers the ends of bones wears down causing joint pain, swelling and stiffness), rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation in the joints of fingers, wrist, feet, and ankles), and ankylosing spondylitis (inflammation in the joints of your spine).
How do I take this medicine?
Take Fenoprofen exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine should be taken together with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Fenoprofen is available as a tablet or capsule. Swallow it whole with plenty of water. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet/capsule.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not take this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Fenoprofen, aspirin, or similar painkillers.

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • history of peptic ulcer (open sores in the lining of the stomach, small intestine, or lower food pipe)
  • history of bleeding or perforation in the gut that is related to previous use of NSAIDs (medicines for pain and inflammation)
  • severe kidney disease
as Fenoprofen may not be suitable for you.

Do not take this medicine if you are in your 3rd trimester of pregnancy.

This medicine should not be used to treat pain in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (procedure to improve and restore the blood flow in the heart).
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • heart disease or risk factors for heart disease
  • uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • history of stomach or bowel disease e.g. Crohn’s disease (a long-term inflammatory disease of the digestive tract that usually affects the small intestine and colon), ulcerative colitis (a disease that causes inflammation and sores in the linings of the large intestine and rectum)
  • liver disease
  • mild to moderate kidney disease
Let your doctor know if you are in your 1st and 2nd trimester of pregnancy, or if you are breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to the elderly. Elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects.

If you are going to have an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Fenoprofen.

Avoid long-term use of any painkillers.

Why is it important to keep my appointments with the doctor?

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
  • Routine tests (e.g. liver and kidney function, complete blood count) may be done while you are being treated with this medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
  • Your blood pressure may rise to unsafe levels without you noticing it. Monitor your blood pressure regularly during treatment.
  • Regular monitoring for signs of bleeding may also be needed.
What side effects could I experience?
Fenoprofen may cause drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, or some problems with your eyesight. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: palpitation, headache, indigestion, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation, nervousness, excessive sweating, ringing in the ears, weakness, skin rash, itching, and swelling of the ankles, feet or hand.

This medicine may cause the level of your red blood cells and platelets to drop.

Red blood cells carry oxygen around your body. A fall in the level of red blood cells may make you feel tired and worn out.

Platelets help your blood to clot when there is a cut in the skin. A fall in the level of your platelets may put you at risk of bleeding more than usual. Do not take part in activities where you may fall or get injured, such as contact sports. Inform your doctor if you get any unusual bruising (large bruises or several bruises, especially if the bruises appeared on their own) or bleeding that takes a long time to stop (for example, too much bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth).

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • fast and irregular heartbeat
  • rashes, breathlessness, swelling of the face, eyes, or mouth
  • rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes accompanied by fever
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes, abdominal pain, dark coloured urine, swelling in the legs and ankles
  • pass out bloody or black as tar stools and vomiting blood or ground coffee-like material
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • other NSAIDs (medicines for pain and inflammation) e.g. aspirin
  • warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
  • medicines to treat depression
  • corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory medicines)
  • propranolol (medicine for high blood pressure)
  • water pills or medicines for water retention e.g. furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide
  • digoxin (medicine for heart disease)
  • medicines for diabetes
  • phenobarbital (medicine for epilepsy [fits or seizures])
  • lithium (medicine for mood disorder)
  • methotrexate (medicine for cancer)
  • ciclosporin (medicine used in organ transplants or certain immune disorders)
  • certain antibiotic
  • zidovudine (medicine for HIV infection)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Fenoprofen.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements, and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on fenoprofen - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2024 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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