Dexketoprofen helps relieve mild to moderate pain such as muscular or joint pain, pain associated with menstrual period, and toothache.
Take Dexketoprofen 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.
Take it on an empty stomach, at least 15-30 minutes before meals, especially if you experience sudden intense pain.
This medicine is available as a tablet, granules for oral solution, and oral solution in a sachet.
If you are taking the tablet, swallow it whole with a glass of water.
If you are taking the granules for oral solution, empty the contents of each sachet in a glass of water. Stir well to dissolve the granules evenly in water and drink the solution immediately.
If you are taking the oral solution in a sachet, drink the entire contents directly from the sachet after opening. You may also dissolve the contents of the sachet in a glass of water, stir well, and drink it immediately.
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.
Do not take this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Dexketoprofen, aspirin, or similar painkillers such as ketoprofen and ibuprofen.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- history of asthma
- history of asthma attack, skin rash, rhinitis (inflammation of the inside lining of the nose caused by allergens), lumps in the nose due to allergies, or swollen face, eyes, lips or tongue after taking aspirin or similar painkillers
- history of reddening or blistering of skin when exposed to sunlight while taking ketoprofen (medicine for pain and inflammation) and fibrates (type of cholesterol-lowering medicine)
- current or history of stomach ulcer and bowel bleeding
- bleeding problems
- bowel problems e.g. long-term indigestion, Crohn’s disease (long-term inflammatory disease of the digestive tract), ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the large intestines)
- severe dehydration (have lost a lot of body fluids)
- severe heart failure
- severe liver disease
- moderate to severe kidney disease
- chickenpox infection
as this medicine may not be suitable for you.
Do not take Dexketoprofen if you are on your 3rd trimester of pregnancy. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Dexketoprofen may cause harm to your unborn child.
Do not take this medicine if you are breastfeeding.
Dexketoprofen should not be used to treat pain in individuals with history of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (procedure to improve and restore the blood flow in the heart).
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- uncontrolled high blood pressure
- heart problem
- risk factors for heart disease e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol levels, smoking
- previous stroke
- blood disorders
- history of allergic conditions
- systemic lupus erythematosus (autoimmune disease that causes inflammation)
- porphyria (an inherited disorder that causes skin or nervous system abnormalities)
- history of bowel problems
- low blood volume circulating in the body
- mild to moderate liver disease
- mild kidney disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Dexketoprofen to the elderly. Elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects.
Avoid long-term use of any painkillers.
If you are going to have an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.
Dexketoprofen may cause drowsiness, dizziness 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: headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, indigestion, constipation, dry mouth, tiredness, difficulty sleeping, and feeling anxious.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- rashes, breathlessness, swelling of the face, eyes or mouth
- pass out bloody stools or black as tar; vomiting blood, or ground coffee-like material
- chest pain
- swelling of the ankles, feet or hand
- rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes accompanied by fever
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other NSAIDs (medicines for pain and inflammation) e.g. mefenamic acid, ibuprofen
- blood-thinning medicines e.g. aspirin, warfarin, clopidogrel
- medicines for high blood pressure e.g. captopril, losartan
- water pills or medicines for water retention e.g. hydrochlorothiazide
- medicines for diabetes e.g. chlorpropamide, glibenclamide
- medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus
- lithium (medicine for mood disorders)
- methotrexate (medicine for cancer)
- zidovudine (medicine for HIV infection)
- probenecid (medicine for gout or high uric acid in the blood)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Dexketoprofen.
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.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.