Ketoprofen - topical/cutaneous

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Ketoprofen helps relieve pain and reduce inflammation associated with conditions affecting joints or muscles (e.g. muscle strain or sprains, sport injuries).
How do I use this medicine?
Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Ketoprofen is available as gel or plaster. This medicine is to be applied on the skin.

To apply Ketoprofen topical gel:
  1. Wash and dry your hands.
  2. Squeeze out the specified amount of gel from the container.
  3. Apply to a clean, dry and intact skin of the affected area. Massage gently.
  4. Allow the gel to dry.
  5. Wash and dry your hands after each application.
To apply Ketoprofen topical plaster:
  1. Wash and dry your hands.
  2. Remove the plaster from its container.
  3. Remove the protective strip and apply the sticky side of the plaster to a clean, dry and intact skin of the affected area.
  4. Firmly press the plaster onto the skin with your palm.
  5. Hold for about 10 seconds to ensure the patch sticks well to the skin.
The plaster should not be worn while bathing. Avoid getting it wet.

Avoid any contact of this medicine with your eyes. Rinse it immediately with water if the medicine gets into your eyes. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyesight.

Do not bandage, cover or wrap the affected area after applying Ketoprofen unless instructed by the doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply 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 use this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to similar medicines such as ibuprofen, mefenamic acid and aspirin.

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • infected or open wound
  • eczema (scaly and itchy rashes)
as Ketoprofen may not be suitable for you.

Do not use Ketoprofen if you are on the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. This medicine may cause harm to your unborn child.

Do not give this medicine to children below 15 years old unless instructed to do so by the doctor.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • kidney disease
  • asthma
  • stomach ulcer or bowel ulcer
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Avoid direct or prolonged exposure of the treated area of the skin to sunlight or UV lamps.
What side effects could I experience?
Ketoprofen may cause any of the following side effects: dryness, redness or swelling of the skin; burning sensation on the application site, and eczema (scaly and itchy rashes).

If you develop any rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop using Ketoprofen and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Ketoprofen may also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Apply sunscreen when going outdoors and avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV lamps during treatment and 2 weeks after discontinuation.

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 use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are taking other NSAIDs (medicine to relieve pain and inflammation) e.g. aspirin.

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Ketoprofen.

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.

Protect from light.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on ketoprofen - topical/cutaneous 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 © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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