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Bromfenac sodium oral
BROMFENAC - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

BROMFENAC - ORAL

(BROM-fen-ack)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Duract

Uses

Bromfenac is a NSAID and is used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It is used to treat headaches, muscle aches, dental pain, menstrual cramps and athletic injuries. This drug has been withdrawn from the U.S. market due to safety or effectiveness problems.

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Uses

This drug may also be used to reduce fever.

How To Use

Take by mouth exactly as directed, usually every 6 to 8 hours as needed. If stomach upset occurs, bromfenac may be taken with a low-fat snack, milk or an antacid. However, it may take longer to get full benefit of the drug. Take this medication with 6 to 8 ounces (180-240ml) of water. Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this drug. It is recommended you avoid taking this drug with high-fat meals because the drug may not work as well or your dosage may have to be increased. Consult your doctor or pharmacist. Bromfenac is most effective in relieving menstrual pain when taken at the earliest sign of pain. This drug is used for short-term pain relief (10 days maximum) only.

Side Effects

Stomach upset is the most common side effect. Dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Inform your doctor promptly if any of the following effects occur: yellowing of eyes or skin, urine color change, vision changes, ringing in the ears/loss of hearing. If you notice any of the following unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking this drug and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: black stools, persistent stomach/ abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver or kidney disease, blood disorders, ulcers, heart disease, alcohol use, high blood pressure, eye disease, asthma, drug allergies. Use caution when performing tasks requiring alertness. Limit alcohol intake as it may intensify the drowsiness effect of this medication and make your stomach or intestines more likely to bleed. This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol, especially when combined with this medicine, may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Infrequently, this medication may increase the skin's sensitivity to sunlight. If this happens to you, avoid prolonged sun exposure, wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen. Avoid sunlamps. Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly. This medication should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Use of this drug during the last 3 months of pregnancy is not recommended. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor about all drugs you may use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially of: warfarin, cimetidine (or other ulcer medication), corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), drugs used for high blood pressure (including water pills), lithium, phenytoin, arthritis medication (including aspirin, other NSAIDS and methotrexate). Do not take aspirin without consulting your doctor. Check the ingredients of any nonprescription medication you may be taking since many cough-and-cold formulas contain aspirin. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, and blood in stool or vomit.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature, 68 to 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C), away from sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.