Relafen is used to treat pain, inflammation and swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Relafen provides the same effects for osteoarthritis patients. This medication is rarely used outside arthritis therapy, although it is an NSAID, and thus effectively is potent against general pain and such conditions as headache, back pain, menstrual cramps, muscle and bone pain, or pain after injury. Note that when used in arthritis therapy, Relafen does not cure the disease itself;
Relafen will alleviate the symptoms connected to arthritis as long as you continue taking it.
NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are a class of medications that work by inhibiting the production of certain hormones called prostaglandins – the main catalyst of pain and inflammation within the organism. These hormones are naturally produced to begin the self healing processes within the body, but in certain conditions (such as injury or most forms of arthritis) the generation of these hormones is greatly accelerated, causing great discomfort and pain to the person. By slowing this process with Relafen, the patient can sustain the natural regeneration process with more comfort and more steady recuperation.
The recommended starting dose is 1000 mg daily taken as a single dose. In some cases, 1500 or 2000 mg daily is prescribed, as some patients respond better to heightened doses with no significant increase in risk of side effects. Further dosage is indicated by the response of the patient to the first dose. Your medical and personal condition (e.g. weight, age, previous illnesses, medications you are currently taking) may influence the dosage. It is best to consult a doctor or pharmacist for detailed instruction on Relafen dosage. The basic dosage information can also be found on the instructions sheet provided with the medication. If you are taking Relafen on a prescription schedule, it is very important to thoroughly follow it without increasing or decreasing the intake or its frequency. In case of arthritis treatment, it make up to 10 days of regular use until you will notice any improvements to your condition.
Take this medication after a meal with a glass of water or milk to prevent stomach upset. It is advised not to lie down for at least 10 minutes for the same reason. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, if within 8 hours since you should have taken it (if not, skip it and continue with your usual dosing schedule). Do not take 2 doses at once to compensate for a missed one. Try to take every dose at the same time each day; this will help your organism metabolize the medication.
Before taking Relafen, it is advised that you contact a professional medical healthcare provider and find out if it is safe for you to take. Consider doing so even if you buy Relafen online no prescription. Tell the doctor if you have or had any of the following conditions:
- Have recently had heart bypass surgery;
- High blood pressure, heart disease, previous heart attack;
- Blood disorders, bleeding or clotting dysfunction;
- High blood pressure, heart disease, congestive heart failure;
- Inflammatory bowel disease;
- Narrowing of the arteries;
- Kidney or liver disease;
- A seizure disorder such as epilepsy;
- If you are pregnant/breast-feeding/are in the third trimester of pregnancy (after 28 weeks);
- Allergies to Relafen or any other NSAID (ibuprofen, celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, etc.); or if you have any other allergies.
Relafen may cause certain side effects in some patients. Less serious side effects may include:
- Bloating, gas, stomach upset, diarrhea, heartburn;
- Dizziness, headache, nervousness, loss of balance, blurred vision;
- Drowsiness, fatigue;
- Skin itching or rash;
- Ringing in the ears.
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, call your doctor and ask for instructions.