Duexis Uses

People who have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from Duexis. Approved uses of this medicine also include the prevention of stomach and intestinal ulcers that may occur due to the ibuprofen component in Duexis. In some cases, a healthcare provider may recommend "off-label," or unapproved, uses for Duexis, such as treating other types of pain and inflammation.

What Is Duexis Used For?

Duexis™ (ibuprofen/famotidine) is a prescription medication that combines a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (ibuprofen) with an acid reducer medication (famotidine) to help decrease the risk of stomach and intestinal ulcers caused by ibuprofen. It is approved to treat the following conditions:

Duexis Use for Osteoarthritis

Duexis is approved for treating osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of arthritis. This painful condition occurs when cartilage -- the tissue that pads bones in a joint -- begins to become ragged and wears away. Over time, all of the cartilage in a joint can wear away, leaving bones that rub against each other. In addition, the fluid within the joint that normally lubricates and cushions the joints becomes thin and less able to protect the joint, contributing to the development of osteoarthritis symptoms.
Osteoarthritis research scientists do not know the exact cause or causes of osteoarthritis, although aging plays an important role. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are treatments that can ease pain and improve function.
Some specific treatments include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen, are often quite effective for treating osteoarthritis, although they can cause significant side effects, including ulcers. Duexis combines ibuprofen with famotidine to help reduce the risk for ulcers.
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