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Drug Information

What is Ketoprofen used for?

Ketoprofen is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and menstrual pain.

Ketoprofen may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Ketoprofen work?

Ketoprofen belongs to the class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Prostaglandins are the hormone-like substances, which causes inflammation and pain. Ketoprofen acts by reducing the levels of prostaglandins. Thus, it decreases pain and swelling. Ketoprofen gel/patch penetrates the skin and subcutaneous layers to exert a therapeutic effect.

How to use Ketoprofen?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Use Ketoprofen as prescribed by your doctor.

Apply Ketoprofen directly on to the skin as recommended by the doctor and gently massage the affected area. Do not apply Ketoprofen gel on open wounds and cuts.

What are the drugs that interact with Ketoprofen?

Drugs that interact with Ketoprofen include the following:

  • Aliskiren
  • Captopril
  • Cidofovir
  • Furosemide
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Lisinopril
  • Lithium
  • Losartan
  • Methotrexate
  • Prednisone
  • Valsartan

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Ketoprofen?

The following are the most common side effects of Ketoprofen:

  • Photosensitivity reactions
  • Skin irritation
  • Skin rash

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions Ketoprofen?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Ketoprofen or similar drugs.
  • Seek doctor’s advice before using any other topical drug or herbal products while on
  • Be cautious while taking Ketoprofen if you have any other skin disorders.
  • Keep the medication out of reach of children.
  • Avoid contact of Ketoprofen gel with your eyes.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight while using Ketoprofen
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the gel.
  • Consult your doctor if you develop any skin rash while using Ketoprofen.

What should you tell your doctor before using  Ketoprofen?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of skin disorders.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other topical drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ketoprofen

  1. Can I use dressings over the area being treated with Ketoprofen?
  2. You should not cover the area being treated with dressings, as these may increase the absorption of the drug and also increase the risk of adverse effects. Consult the doctor before using the drug.

  3. How long can I use Ketoprofen?
  4. Ketoprofen can be used until your symptoms are relieved. However, you must use the drug for prescribed duration.

  5. Is it safe to use Ketoprofen to treat migraine headache?
  6. Yes. Ketoprofen can be used for the treatment of a migraine headache, when recommended by the doctor.

  7. How much time does Ketoprofen gel take to show its effect?
  8. Ketoprofen gel may show its effect after 15 to 20 minutes of application.

  9. What are the other formulations of Ketoprofen available?
  10. Ketoprofen is also available in the form of capsule, ointment, patch and spray.


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