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Ansaid (Flurbiprofen) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).


Flurbiprofen (FLUR-bi-PROE-fen) is used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Flurbiprofen is also used to treat other conditions associated with inflammation and/or pain (e.g., menstrual cramps, muscular pain) as well as soft tissue injuries, such as tendonitis and bursitis. Flurbiprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

How to take

Your doctor may ask you to take Flurbiprofen with food or an antacid. Swallow tablets whole with a full glass of water; take tablets in an upright or sitting position. If possible take bedtime doses at least 10 minutes before lying down. Take Flurbiprofen exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you are using Flurbiprofen for arthritis, it should be taken regularly. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Side effects

Abdominal pain, diarrhea, general feeling of illness, headache, indigestion, nausea, swelling due to fluid retention, urinary tract infection, constipation, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, drowsiness, gas or heartburn, increased sensitivity to the sun, nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, weight gain. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Flurbiprofen. Flurbiprofen can cause vision problems. If you experience a change in your vision, inform your doctor. Flurbiprofen slows the clotting process. If you are taking blood-thinning medication, Flurbiprofen should be taken with caution. The symptoms of Flurbiprofen overdose may include: Agitation, change in pupil size, coma, disorientation, dizziness, double vision, drowsiness, headache, nausea, semiconsciousness, shallow breathing, stomach pain. If you suspect an overdose of Flurbiprofen, seek medical attention immediately.


You should have frequent checkups with your doctor if you take Flurbiprofen regularly. Ulcers or internal bleeding can occur without warning. If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Flurbiprofen, aspirin, or similar drugs, or if you have had asthma attacks caused by aspirin or other drugs of this type, you should not take Flurbiprofen. Fatal attacks have occurred in people allergic to Flurbiprofen. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced. This drug should be used with caution if you have kidney or liver disease. Kidney problems are most likely to develop in such people, as well as in those with heart failure, those taking water pills, and older adults. If you have asthma, take Flurbiprofen with extra caution. Do not take aspirin or similar drugs while taking Flurbiprofen, unless your doctor tells you to do so. You may get drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how Flurbiprofen affects you. Do not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol; these increase irritation to your stomach and can make it more susceptible to damage from Flurbiprofen. If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking Flurbiprofen. Flurbiprofen can cause you to bleed more easily. Problems can arise if you need dental work, and in the day to day care of your teeth. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth. The effects of Flurbiprofen during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. In particular, you should not use Flurbiprofen in late pregnancy, as it can affect the developing baby's circulatory system. Flurbiprofen appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If Flurbiprofen is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.

Drug interactions

It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Flurbiprofen with the following: Antacids, Aspirin, Alcohol, Alendronate, Cidofovir, Cyclosporine Entecavir; Herbal products that contain feverfew, garlic, ginger, or ginkgo biloba, Lithium, Methotrexate; Other anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen or prednisone), Beta blockers such as the blood pressure medications Inderal and Tenormin; Blood thinners such as Coumadin, Cimetidine (Tagamet), Methotrexate (Rheumatrex); Oral diabetes drugs such as Micronase; Ranitidine (Zantac); Water pills such as Lasix and Bumex.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take double or extra doses.


Store at room temperature between 20-25 degrees C (66-77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed.