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Information about Flurbiprofen

Flurbiprofen is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) used in treatment of mild-to-moderate pain and symptoms of chronic arthritis. 


Liver safety of Flurbiprofen

Flurbiprofen has been linked to a low rate of serum enzyme elevations during therapy and to rare instances of clinically apparent acute liver injury.

Mechanism of action of Flurbiprofen

Flurbiprofen (flur" bi proe' fen) belongs to the propionic acid derivative class of NSAIDs, similar to fenoprofen, naproxen and ibuprofen.  Like other NSAIDs, flurbiprofen is a cyclo-oxygenase (Cox-1 and -2) inhibitor that blocks the formation of prostaglandins that are important in pain and inflammatory pathways.  Flurbiprofen has analgesic as well as antipyretic and antiinflammatory activities.  Flurbiprofen was approved in the United States in 1988. 

Clinical use of Flurbiprofen

Current indications include chronic joint pain due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as mild-to-moderate acute pain.  The recommended dose in adults with chronic arthritis is 50 to 100 mg two to four times daily, with a maximum dose of 300 mg daily.  Flurbiprofen is available by prescription in the form of capsules or tablets of 50 and 100 mg in both generic and trade formulations (Ansaid). 

Side effects of Flurbiprofen

As with other NSAIDs, flurbiprofen is generally well tolerated, but side effects can include headache, dizziness, somnolence, gastrointestinal upset, nausea, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, edema and hypersensitivity reactions.

Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Acetaminophen, Celecoxib, Diclofenac, Diflunisal, Etodolac, Fenoprofen, Flurbiprofen, Ibuprofen, Indomethacin, Ketoprofen, Ketorolac, Mefenamic Acid, Meloxicam, Nabumetone, Naproxen, Nimesulide, Oxaprozin, Phenylbutazone, Piroxicam, Rofecoxib, Sulindac, Tolmetin

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