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Flurbiprofen is an oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pill and is available in 100mg. 

Flurbiprofen is used to treat the pain of swelling and joint stiffness caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritic conditions occur in the joints (where bones connect in our body) however some of these conditions may also affect other tissues and organs of your body, like your skin. A person with arthritis may be limited in their activities and about 25% of adults with arthritis report the pain as severe.

Flurbiprofen is effective in treating the pain of arthritis as Flurbiprofen is able to reduce the hormones in our body that cause inflammation in our joints (arthritis).

Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Most prescription labels have the directions written on them for your convenience.

Flurbiprofen is taken by mouth only and should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. Avoid lying down within the first ten minutes of taking this medication. You may take Flurbiprofen with food, milk, and/or an antacid.

In order to reach the full effectiveness of this medication, you must take it regularly; use a pillbox and take the medication at the same time every day to create a routine to ensure you do not miss a dose.


Flurbiprofen has potential to increase the risk of a fatal stroke or heart attack, more so in those who take Flurbiprofen for an extended period of time or take it in high dosages. A person who has heart disease or had a recent or upcoming heart bypass surgery should not use Flurbiprofen.

Flurbiprofen may cause stomach or intestinal bleeding which can become very fatal and come with little warning signs. Your risk is increased if you are an older adult or senior.

Before taking Flurbiprofen, tell your doctor if you smoke, if you have asthma, fluid retention, liver or kidney disease, or a history of stomach ulcers/bleeding and/or a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot. This product may not be safe for you; you may need a dose adjustment.

Flurbiprofen has potential to harm an unborn baby if a pregnant mother takes this medication during the last 3 months of pregnancy; speak with your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.

It has not been established if this medication passes into breast milk or if it will harm a nursing infant; tell your doctor if you are breast feeding.

This medication is not approved for those under the age of 18 years old.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Flurbiprofen may include:

indigestion, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting; confusion, tremors, feeling nervous; diarrhea, constipation; headache, dizziness, drowsiness; increased sweating, itching or rash; or ringing in your ears.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Flurbiprofen may include:

changes in your vision; the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild; shortness of breath (even with mild exertion); or swelling or rapid weight gain;

If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.

Signs to watch for:

stomach bleeding--bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;

liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, flu-like symptoms, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);

kidney problems--little or no urinating, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath;

low red blood cells (anemia)--pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; or

severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.


Can I drink alcohol while using this medication?

You should not use alcohol while using this medication as it may increase your chance of stomach bleeding.

What should I avoid while using this product?

Avoid medications like aspirin as they may interact with Flurbiprofen can cause adverse reactions.

What is the average dose for an adult with osteoarthritis?

The average dose for an adult with osteoarthritis is 200mg to 300mg a day. This dose may be taken in 2-4 divided doses. Do not exceed more than 100mg in a single dose.

What medications may interact with Flurbiprofen?

Medications that you should not take while also taking Flurbiprofen include but are not limited to lithium, methotrexate, blood thinners, heart or blood pressure medications including diuretics, and steroid medicines.

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