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Feldene, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and is used to ease the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis). It is prescribed both for unexpected flare-ups and for long-term treatment.

In a few individuals on long-term treatment, Feldene could cause stomach ulcers and bleeding. The warning signs consist of severe abdominal or stomach cramps, pain or burning in the stomach, and black, tarry stools. Notify your physician immediately if you acquire any of these symptoms.

To prevent digestive side effects, Feldene should be taken with food or an antacid, and with a full glass of water. Never take it on an empty stomach.

Take this medication precisely as prescribed by your physician. Alcohol and aspirin should not be consumed while taking this drug.

If you miss a dose - t ake it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take two doses at the same time.

Side effects cannot be predicted. If any occur or change in intensity, inform your physician as soon as possible.   Only your physician can decide if it is safe for you to resume taking Feldene.

  • More common side effects may include:
    Abdominal pain or discomfort, anemia, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fluid retention, gas, general feeling of ill health, headache, heartburn, itching, loss of appetite, nausea, rash, ringing in ears, sleepiness, stomach ulcers or bleeding, stomach upset, vertigo, vomiting
  • Less common or rare side effects may include:
    Severe allergic reactions, angioedema (swelling of lips, face, tongue and throat), anxiety, asthma, belching, black stools, blood in the urine, blurred vision, bruising, colicky pain, coma, confusion, congestive heart failure, convulsions, depression, dream abnormalities, drowsiness, dry mouth, eye irritations, fainting, fatigue, fever, flu-like symptoms, hair loss, hallucinations, hearing loss, heart attack, hepatitis, high or low blood pressure, hives, inability to sleep, infection, inflammation in the mouth or digestive tract, joint pain, labored breathing, low or high blood sugar, nervousness, nosebleed, rapid or irregular heartbeat, rectal bleeding, serum sickness (fever, painful joints, enlarged lymph nodes, skin rash), skin allergy to sunlight, skin eruptions, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (blisters in the mouth and eyes), sweating, swollen or inflammed eyes, tingling or burning feeling, tremors, urinary problems, vertigo, vomiting blood, weakness, weight loss or gain, worsening of angina, yellow eyes and skin

If you are susceptible to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Feldene, aspirin, or similar medications, or if you have had asthma bouts brought on by aspirin or other medications of this type, you should not take this medication. If you form breathing problems or allergic symptoms after taking Feldene, get emergency treatment immediately.

The odds that Feldene will cause a stomach ulcer or bleeding are noticeably higher if you've had such problems before. Acute stomach effects are also more likely amid older adults, those in poor health, smokers, heavy drinkers, and individuals taking steroids or blood thinners.

If you have heart disease, or high blood pressure, or other conditions that cause fluid retention, use this medication with caution. Feldene can increase water retention.

Feldene has been known to cause damage to the kidneys, and is not suggested for individuals with advanced kidney disease. Feldene could also cause liver damage. If you develop any warning signs of liver dysfunction such as fatigue, itchiness, yellow skin or eyes, a flu-like feeling, and pain in the upper right abdomen, stop taking Feldene and consult your physician right away.

Medications such as Feldene may cause eye disturbances in some individuals. If you develop visual problems, notify your eye doctor.