Side Effects of Flurbiprofen

Headache, itching, and constipation are some of the common side effects that may occur while taking flurbiprofen. Uncommon side effects (occurring in less than 1 percent of people) include asthma, numbness or tingling, confusion, and hair loss. There are also some serious flurbiprofen side effects that require immediate medical attention, such as shortness of breath, slurred speech, and weakness on one part of your body.

Side Effects of Flurbiprofen: An Overview

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with flurbiprofen (Ansaid®). However, not everyone who takes flurbiprofen will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate flurbiprofen well. When people do develop flurbiprofen side effects, they are generally minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
There are also several factors that seem to affect the chances of developing side effects, including a person's:
  • Dose of flurbiprofen
  • Age
  • Other medical conditions
  • Other medicines.
(The flurbiprofen side effects discussed below are not a complete list of side effects reported with flurbiprofen. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you.)

Serious Flurbiprofen Side Effects

As with any drug, there is the potential for serious side effects with flurbiprofen. 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 (myocardial infarction) 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 taking NSAIDs for a long time. These events can occur without any warning and can lead to loss of life. Get emergency medical help by calling 911 as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness on one part of your body
  • Slurred speech.
Other serious side effects include, but are not limited to:
  • Allergic reactions such as swelling of the face or body, blisters, unexplained skin rash, wheezing, or difficultly breathing
  • Stomach or intestinal problems, including bleeding, ulcers, or a hole (known as a perforation)
  • Liver damage, which can cause nausea, fatigue, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, or excessive tiredness
  • Kidney problems, including kidney failure
  • Fluid retention or unexplained weight gain
  • Congestive heart failure.
Because flurbiprofen can increase the risk of major or life-threatening bleeding, contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice any unusual bleeding or have any of the following symptoms during treatment with flurbiprofen:
  • Bloody nose
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Blood in the urine or stools
  • Vomiting blood
  • Red or purple spots on the skin.
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