Feldene is a drug that is classified as an NSAID or a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug. It is used to treat rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
While the exact working of Feldene is unknown, it is thought to inhibit harmful hormones that can cause inflammation and pain.
While Feldene treats the symptoms of these conditions, i.e. inflammation and pain, it does not cure the condition causing the symptoms.
If you are about to go in for surgery or any other medical care, tell the doctors that you are currently taking Feldene.
This medication can lead to serious stomach ulcers and bleeding in the intestines, which can be fatal. This is more common in prolonged users who take high doses.
These side effects are also prevalent in smokers and consumers of alcohol. Taking this medicine with meals won’t reduce the risk of developing side effects.
Never take more Feldene than has been recommended to you. It is possible that this drug will reduce the amount of platelets in the blood.
This makes it harder for blood to clot after injury. Avoid sports and situations where you are at risk of cuts and bruises.
If you are given a new medication while you are taking Feldene, make sure you check the ingredients first. If it also has an NSAID, do not take it.
Feldene can cause a severe skin condition that can be fatal if untreated. If you have symptoms like peeling, red and blistered skin get medical help immediately.
Feldene can also cause blood pressure issues, meaning you will need regular checks of your pressure.
Elderly people are more vulnerable to the side effects of Feldene. It can also reduce ovulation in women, causing temporary sterility.
If you want to get pregnant, you may have to tell your doctor and wait for the drug to finish its course in your body.
Do not use Feldene in young children unless you are advised to by a doctor. It is unknown whether it harms children.
If you are pregnant, know that Feldene can harm an unborn child. If you get pregnant when you are taking Feldene, tell your doctor immediately. Do not breast feed your newborn while taking it.
Take Feldene in the exact amount that your doctor has told you to. If you need to check the dosage, refer to the attached leaflet when you get the medicine.
Read the leaflet thoroughly before taking the medicine for the first time. Reread this every time you get a refill of Feldene.
Feldene is taken orally and can be taken with food to prevent an upset stomach. This doesn’t reduce the risk of bleeding and ulcers.
The drug needs to be swallowed whole with a full glass of water.
Missed doses and overdose
If you miss a dose of Feldene, you should take it as soon as you know. If you are about to take the next dose ignore the one you missed. Never take extra to make up for the missed one.
In the event of an overdose on Feldene, call your local poison hotline immediately. Also contact emergency medical services.
Common side effects include:
More severe side effects include:
Bloody urine and stools
Rapid weight gain
Bruising and muscle pain
Call your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you experience these side effects.
Do not take Feldene if you have a severe allergic reaction to it, aspirin or another NSAID.
Do not take it before or after surgery, or if you are in the last trimester of pregnancy.