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Ketoprofen Side Effects

For people taking ketoprofen, side effects of the medication may include such things as heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, and headache. Side effects may also include insomnia, vomiting, and dizziness. Examples of less common but more serious side effects of ketoprofen include chest pain, an allergic reaction, and unexplained bleeding.

An Introduction to Ketoprofen Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects can occur with ketoprofen. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If people do develop ketoprofen side effects, in many cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with ketoprofen. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of ketoprofen side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Ketoprofen

Ketoprofen has been studied extensively in clinical trials, with thousands of people worldwide having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to those that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they occur, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
Based on these studies, the most common side effect reported was heartburn or indigestion (dyspepsia), which occurred in up to 11 percent of people.
Other side effects with ketoprofen (occurring in more than 1 percent of people) included but were not limited to:
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Unexplained rash
  • Vision problems
  • Ulcer in the stomach or intestines (peptic ulcer).
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