Relafen

(nabumetone)

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Relieves pain and inflammation.

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Relafen (nabumetone) works well for relieving pain and inflammation, but may take up to a week to kick in.

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Quick facts about Relafen
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (nabumetone)

Upsides

  • Relafen (nabumetone) is good for relieving pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Usually taken only once a day, while other NSAIDS need to be taken a few times a day for the same effect.
  • Relafen (nabumetone) causes less stomach upset and overall side effects than other NSAIDs, like ibuprofen and naproxen.
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Downsides

  • Relafen (nabumetone) does not work as quickly as other NSAIDs.
  • Relafen (nabumetone), like other NSAIDS, is not safe for pregnant women and people who are age 60 or older.
  • Relafen (nabumetone) can cause serious complications including stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long period of time.
  • The safety and effectiveness of Relafen (nabumetone) for children are not known so they should not take it.
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How it works

Relafen (nabumetone) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves pain and swelling.

Quick facts about Relafen
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (nabumetone)

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What to expect when you take Relafen (nabumetone) for Rheumatoid arthritis

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
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Side effect rates for Relafen (nabumetone)

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    14%14%
  • Upset stomach
    13%13%
  • Stomach pain
    12%12%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Relafen.

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Risks and Warnings for Relafen (nabumetone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems
    • Taking Relafen (nabumetone) for a long period of time

    Relafen (nabumetone) can increase your chances of getting blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. To lower the risk these problems, take the medication at the lowest dose and for the shortest time possible. Talk to your doctor right away if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness in one side of the body, or difficulty speaking.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Relafen (nabumetone)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Relafen (nabumetone) can damage your kidneys. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Talk to your doctor if this worries you or if you already have kidney damage before you start taking Relafen (nabumetone).
  • Relafen (nabumetone) can cause serious complications including stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long period of time.
Pain
  • Relafen (nabumetone) can cause stomach bleeding which can be dangerous. If you notice that there's blood in your vomit, your stool has bright red blood or looks like black coffee grounds, or you have pain in your stomach that doesn't go away, talk to your doctor right away.
  • May take a few days to a week for pain relieving effects to kick in.
  • Relafen (nabumetone) is good for relieving pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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    Reviewed Relafenon 4/24/2017pain has increased since taking...not working well. was taking ibuprofen 1600mg daily which helped. My doctor wanted me to take relafin because of a new arthritic knee problem. I ache all over now.
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    Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis