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Cataflam comes as a regular and extended-release (long-lasting) tablet to take orally. It typically is taken two to four times a day. Do not crush the tablets; swallow them whole. Be sure to follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your physician or pharmacist to clarify any part you do not understand. Take Cataflam exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your physician.

Cataflam may produce side effects. Tell your physician if any of these symptoms are severe or persist:

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation
  • Gas or bloating
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Some Cataflam side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you feel any of them, call your physician immediately:

  • Black and tarry stools
  • Red blood in stools
  • Bloody vomit
  • Vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Lack of energy
  • Itching
  • Pain in the upper right part of the stomach
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Pale skin
  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in color vision
  • Before taking Cataflam,
  • Inform your physician and pharmacist if you are allergic to Cataflam, aspirin or other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or any other medications.
  • Inform your physician and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to point out any of the following: anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); aspirin; cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); digoxin (Lanoxin); diuretics ('water pills'); insulin and oral medications for diabetes; lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid); methotrexate (Rheumatrex); and phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton). Your physician may need to alter the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
  • Inform your physician if you smoke or drink considerable amounts of alcohol and if you have or have ever had stomach problems such as ulcers; asthma; high blood pressure; lupus; porphyria; liver, heart, or kidney disease; or swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs (fluid retention).
  • Inform your physician if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Cataflam, call your physician.
  • if you are undergoing surgical procedures, including dental surgery, tell the physician or dentist that you are taking Cataflam.