Discussing Flurbiprofen With Your Doctor

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking It?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that people using NSAIDs, including flurbiprofen, 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 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 consult with your healthcare provider prior to taking flurbiprofen if you have:
 
  • Asthma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease or failure
  • Kidney disease or failure
  • Bleeding problems (or if you are taking medicines that decrease the ability of your blood to clot)
  • Diabetes
  • Nasal polyps
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE)
  • Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of either condition
  • Any allergies to medicines, including aspirin or other NSAID pain medicines.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
  • Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Ansaid and Pregnancy)
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Drink alcohol frequently
  • Smoke
  • Are having or have recently had heart surgery.
     
Also tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Warnings and Precautions With Flurbiprofen for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take flurbiprofen.)
 
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