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Feldene Precautions and Warnings

Specific Feldene Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Feldene include the following:
 
To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, people should take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Also, call 911 if you notice things such as:
    • Chest pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Weakness
    • Slurring of speech.
 
  • All NSAIDs may worsen high blood pressure or cause it. Feldene should be used with caution in people with known high blood pressure (hypertension).
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Feldene, may cause congestive heart failure or swelling. Make sure to contact your healthcare provider if you notice unexplained weight gain or swelling during treatment. Also, Feldene should be used with caution in people with heart failure.
     
  • All NSAIDs have been reported to cause problems in the stomach and intestines, including bleeding (known as gastrointestinal bleeding), stomach ulcers, or holes in the stomach or intestines. These problems can lead to serious complications or even loss of life. Extreme caution should be used if Feldene is prescribed to people with a history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding.
To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, people should take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any signs or symptoms of stomach ulcers or bleeding, including:
    • Stomach pain
    • Indigestion
    • Black, tarry stools
    • Vomiting blood.
 
  • People taking NSAIDs, including Feldene, can suffer kidney damage. It is more common in the elderly and people with kidney disease, heart failure, or liver problems. It is also more common in those taking diuretics or ACE inhibitors.
      
  • People taking Feldene can experience liver damage. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice things such as:
 
    • Nausea
    • Tiredness
    • Lethargy
    • Itchy or yellowing skin
    • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
    • Flu-like symptoms.
 
  • NSAIDs, including Feldene, have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice things such as difficulty breathing and swelling of the face and throat.
     
  • In rare cases, people taking Feldene can develop a serious rash. If you notice an unexplained rash or blisters, fever, or itchy skin, stop taking the drug and call your healthcare provider.
     
  • If you are an alcoholic or drink alcohol frequently, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to starting Feldene. Alcohol can affect the way the liver works, indirectly affecting the drug.
     
  • NSAIDS have been known to cause an increase in liver enzymes. Therefore, it is recommended that you have a blood test that looks at your liver function before starting Feldene and 12 weeks after treatment has started.
     
  • Feldene has been known to cause anemia. If you are taking this drug for an extended amount of time and show signs of anemia, talk with your healthcare provider.
     
  • You should not take Feldene with any other NSAID, as this may increase your risk of any of the problems discussed here. Many NSAIDs are available with or without a prescription; make sure to read labels carefully. A partial list of NSAIDs include:
 
You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list of these medications.
  • Feldene is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. If you are pregnant, you should take this drug only if the benefit outweighs the possible risk to your unborn child. Feldene is not recommended for women in the third trimester of pregnancy because it can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. If you become pregnant while taking this drug, contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Feldene and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • If you are nursing, you should not to take Feldene. Ask your healthcare provider whether to stop nursing or stop taking Feldene.
     
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