When treating symptoms of arthritis with ketoprofen, dosage recommendations generally start at 75 mg three times daily or 50 mg four times a day. The dosing recommendation for general pain relief is 25 mg to 50 mg every six to eight hours as needed. To decrease the risk of developing serious side effects, take the lowest effective ketoprofen dosage for the least amount of time to treat your condition.
The dose of ketoprofen that your healthcare provider prescribes will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your weight
- The medical condition for which you are being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your ketoprofen dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
For treating osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in otherwise healthy people, the recommended starting ketoprofen dose is typically 75 mg three times a day or 50 mg four times a day. If your doctor prescribes the 200 mg ketoprofen capsules, he or she will likely direct you to take one capsule daily.
For people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, ketoprofen may take several weeks before it begins to work to its full potential.
Pain, Including Painful Menstrual Periods
The ketoprofen dosage healthcare providers typically recommend for general pain is 25 mg to 50 mg every six to eight hours as needed.
Some considerations for people taking ketoprofen include the following:
- You may take your ketoprofen dosage with a glass of water; however, taking it with milk or food may prevent stomach upset.
- It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease your chances of developing serious side effects.
- Take ketoprofen at the same time each day. This will help to maintain an even level of ketoprofen in your blood.
- For ketoprofen to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Ketoprofen will not work if you take it in a way than how your healthcare provider prescribes.
- If you do not take your ketoprofen as scheduled, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing. Do not take a double dose.
- Do not take ketoprofen with other NSAIDs. Generally, it is okay to take ketoprofen with acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
- If you are unsure about anything related to ketoprofen or your ketoprofen dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking ketoprofen without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.