About topical ketoprofen
|Type of medicine||Topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)|
|Used for||Treating pain and swelling due to strains, sprains, backache or arthritis|
|Available as||Topical gel|
Ketoprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and works by preventing the production of chemicals which cause pain and inflammation in the body. It is used topically (applied directly onto the skin) to ease muscular pains, sprains and strains.
Before using topical ketoprofen
Before using topical ketoprofen make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you suffer from asthma or breathing problems.
- If you have ever had an unusual reaction after taking aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen, diclofenac or naproxen.
- If you have allergy problems.
- If you have eczema or a skin infection.
- If you have severe kidney problems.
How to use topical ketoprofen
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Apply a thin layer of the gel and gently massage it into the affected area. Wash your hands well afterwards.
- Your doctor or pharmacist will recommend how often and for how long to use the gel, but this is usually up to four times a day and for no more than 7 days.
- Avoid the gel coming into contact with your eyes, inside your nose, and any inflamed or broken skin.
- Do not use this gel on any area that is covered by a bandage, dressing or sticking plaster.
- If you forget to apply ketoprofen at your usual time, apply it as soon as you remember.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Do not use sunbeds, and even on cloudy days protect any treated areas from sunlight. This is because the treated area of skin may become more sensitive to sunlight during treatment and for 2 weeks afterwards.
- Ketoprofen gel is not suitable for use in children under 12 years of age.
Can topical ketoprofen cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, all medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Possible side-effects||What can I do if I experience this|
|Itching or reddening of the skin at the site of application||If severe, stop using the gel and this should clear within a day or two. If it continues or gets worse, consult your doctor as soon as possible|
How to store topical ketoprofen
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 59th Edition (March 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Oruvail® Gel 2.5%; Manufacturer's PIL, Oruvail® Gel 2.5%, sanofi-aventis, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated November 2008.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Powergel 2.5% gel, A.Menarini Pharma U.K. S.R.L., electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated October 2009.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 18/11/2010||Document ID: 998 Version: 23||© EMIS|
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