Dolobid is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, such as pain, inflammation, and stiffness. The drug comes in tablet form and is typically taken twice a day. It works by inhibiting the action of certain hormones (called prostaglandins) that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Common side effects include nausea, stomach pain, and heartburn.
What Is Dolobid?
Dolobid® (diflunisal) is a prescription medicine used for mild to moderate pain relief, as well as inflammation or stiffness caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs for short.
Brand-name Dolobid was manufactured by Merck & Co., but is no longer being made. Generic versions are still available.
How Does Dolobid Work?
Dolobid and other NSAIDs are thought to work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. These hormones are called prostaglandins.
Effects of the Medication
By blocking prostaglandins, Dolobid is useful at reducing pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation, as well as alleviating pain and joint swelling associated with different types of arthritis. Dolobid is not a cure for arthritis, however, nor does it affect the progression of the disease.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed November 8, 2010.
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