It is believed that blocking the effects of prostaglandins is what makes ketoprofen useful for reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other painful conditions.
Some general considerations for when and how to take ketoprofen include the following:
- Ketoprofen comes in a capsule form. You take it by mouth.
- You may take your dosage with a glass of water; however, taking it with milk or food may prevent stomach upset.
- For the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, ketoprofen may take several weeks before it begins to work to its full potential.
- Take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease your chances of experiencing serious side effects with ketoprofen.
- Take ketoprofen at the same time each day. This will help to maintain an even level of medication in your blood.
- For ketoprofen to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you take it in a different way than your healthcare provider prescribes.
The dose of ketoprofen your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Ketoprofen Dosage for more information.)