What Is Nabumetone Used For?
Healthcare providers may recommend the use of nabumetone to treat several conditions related to pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. It is particularly effective at relieving symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The drug is sometimes used in an "off-label" (unapproved) fashion for treating symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, gout, and juvenile arthritis.
Nabumetone (Relafen®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to pain, inflammation, swelling, or stiffness.
Specific nabumetone uses include the relief of:
Nabumetone is not a cure for these types of arthritis, however, nor does it slow down the progression of the disease.
Nabumetone and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. These hormones are called prostaglandins. By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, nabumetone can help alleviate pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis.
Nabumetone is not approved for use in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Some examples of off-label uses for nabumetone include the relief of:
- Juvenile arthritis symptoms
- Mild-to-moderate pain, such as lower back pain, neck pain, or leg pain
- Fibromyalgia symptoms
- Gout symptoms
- Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms
- Symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus)
- Pain or inflammation caused by other conditions.