Ketoprofen (By mouth)
Treats pain and arthritis. This medicine is an NSAID.
Brand Name(s):There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to ketoprofen, aspirin, or similar medicines. Do not use right before or right after a heart surgery, called coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).
How to Use This Medicine:
Capsule, Long Acting Capsule, Tablet, Long Acting Tablet, Coated Tablet
- Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
- This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
- Swallow the extended-release capsule whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
- It is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
- Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Do not use any other NSAID (including aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, or salsalate) unless your doctor says it is okay.
- Some medicines can affect how ketoprofen works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- Lithium, methotrexate, probenecid
- Blood pressure medicine (including ACE inhibitors)
- Blood thinner (including warfarin)
- Diuretic (water pill)
- Steroid medicine
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. Do not use this medicine during the later part of pregnancy, unless your doctor says it is okay.
- Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, asthma, bleeding problems, heart or blood vessel problems, heart failure, a recent heart attack, high blood pressure, a history of ulcers or other stomach problems. Tell your doctor if you smoke or drink alcohol.
- This medicine may cause the following problems:
- Increased risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke, or heart failure
- Stomach or bowel problems (including bleeding, ulcers, or perforation)
- High blood pressure
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
- Serious skin reactions, including exfoliative dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS)
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
- Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
- Bloody or black, tarry stools, severe stomach pain, vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
- Chest pain that may spread, trouble breathing, coughing up blood, unusual sweating, fainting
- Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate, rapid weight gain, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
- Fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat
- Numbness or weakness on one side of your body, sudden or severe headache, problems with vision, speech, or walking
- Pain in your lower leg (calf)
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Change in vision
- Constipation, stomach upset
- Headache, dizziness, drowsiness
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 3/29/2022