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Side Effects of Relafen

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Relafen. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by your healthcare provider.
Common side effects include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn or indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Unexplained rash
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Swelling. 
(Click Relafen Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Relafen can potentially interact with a number of medicines (see Relafen Drug Interactions for more information).

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Relafen?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that people using NSAIDs, including Relafen, may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke than those people who do not take NSAIDs. This warning does not apply to those who take aspirin. This risk may be higher in people who have been taking NSAIDs (excluding aspirin) for a long time. These events can occur without any warning and can lead to death. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any of the following:
You should also talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Relafen if you have:
  • Asthma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease or liver failure
  • Kidney disease or kidney failure
  • Bleeding problems (or are taking medicine that decreases the ability of your blood to clot)
  • Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of either condition
  • Any allergies to medicines, including aspirin or other NSAID pain medicines.
In addition, let your healthcare provider know if you:
  • Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Relafen and Pregnancy)
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Drink alcohol frequently
  • Smoke
  • Are having or have recently had heart surgery.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Relafen Precautions and Warnings for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take the drug.)
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