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Flector Warnings and Precautions

Some Flector Warnings and Precautions

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with Flector include:
 
  • There is a "Medication Guide" (an FDA-approved handout) that should be dispensed along with Flector. Be sure to read the medication guide before using this medication and periodically thereafter.
     
  • Even though this medication is a patch that is applied to the skin, some of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream. Therefore, all of the standard warnings and precautions with other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) apply to Flector as well.
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Flector, have been linked to cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke. People who have cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular risk factors appear to be at greater risk. To decrease the chances of these problems, you should take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time (using Flector is a good way to do this, since only 6 percent of the medication is absorbed to the rest of the body).
Be sure to call 911 if you notice heart attack symptoms or stroke symptoms, such as:
    • Chest pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Weakness
    • Slurring of speech.

 

  • All NSAIDs, including Flector, 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 (called perforations). These problems can lead to serious complications or even loss of life. Extreme caution should be used if Flector is prescribed for people with a history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding.
To decrease the risk of these problems, you should take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. 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.
It is important to understand that Flector can cause this problem, even though it is not taken by mouth.
  • All NSAIDs, including Flector, may cause high blood pressure or make it worse in people who already have it. Therefore, Flector should be used with caution in people with known high blood pressure.
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Flector, may cause congestive heart failure or fluid retention. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice unexplained weight gain or swelling while taking this drug. Also, Flector should be used with caution in people with heart failure.
     
  • Flector can interact with certain medications (see Flector Drug Interactions).
     
  • Kidney damage can occur in people taking NSAIDs, including Flector. This occurrence is more common in the elderly, as well as in people with kidney disease, heart failure, liver problems, and those taking a diuretic or an ACE inhibitor.
     
  • Liver damage can occur in people taking Flector. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice things such as:

 

    • Nausea
    • Tiredness
    • Lethargy
    • Itchy or yellowing skin
    • Abdominal pain
    • Flu-like symptoms.

 

  • NSAIDs, including Flector, have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice things such as difficulty breathing or swelling of the face and throat.
     
  • In rare cases, people taking Flector can develop a serious rash. If you notice an unexplained rash or develop blisters, fever, or itchy skin, stop taking Flector and call your healthcare provider right away.
     
  • There have been reports of anemia in people taking NSAIDs. Therefore, if you are using the Flector Patch for an extended period of time and show signs of anemia, talk to your healthcare provider.
     
  • It is possible that Flector could worsen asthma, especially in people with aspirin-sensitive asthma.
     
  • Flector is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it might not be safe during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Flector and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • It is unknown if Flector passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before taking Flector (see Flector and Breastfeeding).
     
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