Ketoprofen - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Ketoprofen: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What Is Ketoprofen?

Ketoprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is typically prescribed for treating pain, swelling, tenderness, and stiffness due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

It may also be used to relieve menstrual cramps, mild headaches, and minor pains such as toothaches, muscle pain and backaches, and to reduce fever. Ketoprofen works by stopping the body’s production of a substance in your body responsible for inflammation.

What are the uses of Ketoprofen?

Ketoprofen blocks prostaglandin, a substance that causes inflammation in your body. Because of this property, Ketoprofen is usually prescribed to reduce pain, inflammation, and tenderness due to arthritis, reduce menstrual pain, and treat mild headaches, muscle pains, fever, and toothaches.

It is extremely effective for managing rheumatoid arthritis that usually leads to joint damage causing chronic pain and loss of function. Other conditions it tackles are ankylosing spondylitis and gout.

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What are the side effects of Ketoprofen?

These are some of the common side effects of Ketoprofen:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Oral sores
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nervousness
  • Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping¬†
  • Bleeding, ulcers, or holes in the intestine or stomach

Approach your doctor if any of these side effects are severe or do not go away. These side effects are more common in older people, those in poor health, and those who use it over longer periods.


Frequently Asked Questions about Ketoprofen

1. Where can I get Ketoprofen?

You can buy the over-the-counter commercial form of Ketoprofen from a pharmacy. Do read the directions on the product package carefully before taking this NSAID. Your doctor may also prescribe this medicine. Do not take this medication for a longer period or at a higher dose than recommended by your doctor.

2. Is Ketoprofen a controlled substance?

No. It is an NSAID used to treat pain, swelling, and stiffness due to arthritis. It is also prescribed for menstrual and muscle pain and mild headaches. It should not be used for longer periods, and only the smallest possible dose of this drug should be taken to keep serious side effects away.

3. How long can you use Ketoprofen gel?

Your doctor will tell you how often to use Ketoprofen gel. This should be between two to three times daily for up to seven days. All you have to do is gently massage it over the painful parts. Always wash your hands well after use to avoid transferring into the eyes.

4. Is Ketorolac and Ketoprofen the same?

No, these two drugs are not the same. Ketorolac and Ketoprofen, though, are both NSAIDs that are used to treat different types of pain. While Ketoprofen is used for the management of pain due to arthritis and menstrual cramps, Ketorolac is used for short-term management of severe pain due to any reason.

4. Is Ketoprofen stronger than Ibuprofen?

Both the NSAID drugs are commonly used to reduce inflammation, pain and stiffness due to rheumatoid arthritis. Research, though, shows that Ketoprofen demonstrates a superior efficacy in relieving different kinds of moderate-to-severe pain conditions when taken in the same amounts. It is thus a much stronger painkiller as compared to Ibuprofen.

5. Is Ketoprofen a painkiller?

Ketoprofen is an NSAID that reduces inflammation and pain and is commonly used to treat pain from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, headaches, and menstrual pain. It does so by blocking certain substances in your body. It works by blocking prostaglandin, a substance that causes inflammation leading to pain, stiffness, and tenderness.

6. Is Ketoprofen safe to use?

Yes, but only if taken under medical supervision or at lower doses for shorter periods. It is not safe if you are pregnant, are allergic to it, have liver problems or if you have aspirin-sensitive asthma, as this can cause a fatal allergic reaction. Older adults need to be careful too.

7. How much Ketoprofen can I take?

Your Ketoprofen dose depends on:

  • How old you are
  • Your condition
  • Severity of pain
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • And how you react to the first dose of this drug
Never take Ketoprofen for longer periods than prescribed or at higher doses. Always start with the smallest dose possible.

8. Is Ketoprofen stronger than Naproxen?

Ketoprofen and Naproxen have similar effects on patients with rheumatoid arthritis. They both have similar actions and show no significant difference in their effectiveness in reducing pain, morning stiffness, and joint pain. Studies do, however, show that Ketoprofen may have more side effects. The most common side effect was gastrointestinal discomfort.

9. Can pregnant women take Ketoprofen?

Ketoprofen is a category C drug. That means that enough human studies have not been done using this drug to find if it harms the unborn baby and that in animal studies, Ketoprofen has been shown to harm the fetus.

10. Can I take Ketoprofen while breastfeeding?

Avoid taking this drug if you are breastfeeding, as it is not known if Ketoprofen crosses over into breast milk and harms your baby. Do talk to your doctor about this and follow his advice, as it is up to him to decide whether you can take ketoprofen or stop breastfeeding.

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