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Relafen is a prescription medication that is used to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. This may include but not limited to stiffness, swelling, inflammation and joint pain. This medication does not contain steroids. It should not be taken 2 days prior to surgery due to increased risk of clotting.
Side effects associated with this medication are upset stomach, or stomach pain, heartburn diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, feeling dizzy, headache, sense of nervousness, itchy skin or rash, blurry vision, or ringing of the ears. These are not serious but should be reported to your doctor. It is not necessary to discontinue use of this medication.
Some patients have had serious allergic reactions to these medications. Signs of allergic reaction include breathing difficulty, or swelling of the lips, tongue, face or throat. Other serious side effects include pain in the chest, weakness, breathing difficulties, slurred speech, or problems with vision or balance. You should tell your doctor if you have a change in your stool for example black, clay colored, bloody or tarry looking stools. Patients have reported coughing blood and vomit that resembles coffee grounds, and swelling or rapidly gaining weight. Other patients reported that they were urinating less frequently, and sometimes not at all. Stomach pain, fever, nausea, appetite loss, dark urine, and jaundice have also been reported when using this medication. Problems with the skin may also occur such as blistering, peeling, redness, bruising, tingling, numbness and pain. If you experience any of these serious side effects, stop taking Relafen and seek emergency medical attention.
Relafen can increase the risk of serious and life threatening heart conditions, including heart attack and stroke. The risks increase the longer you are taking this medication. Relafen may also increase risks to the stomach or intestines. Sometimes bleeding and holes form which can be fatal. Elderly patients are at increased risk for these circumstances, so care must be taken when using Relafen.