Calprofen Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Calprofen is a Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). Calprofen is used for to relieve the pain and inflammation of the rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, treatment of menstrual pain, and relief of mild to moderate pain, migraine and to reduce fever. Main ingredient in Calprofen is Ibuprofen. Calprofen works by blocking and reducing the level of prostaglandis. Prostaglandins is a chemical produced in the body in response to injury and certain diseases and conditions and is responsible for causing inflammation, pain and fever. Relief from pain and fever usually comes within an hour of taking Calprofen; however, anti-inflammatory effects could take days or even weeks to become apparent. Calprofen is available over-the-counter and with prescription.
Calprofen Side Effects
Common side effects of Calprofen may include, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, fluid retention and swelling, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, nervousness, rash, and vomiting. Rare side effects of Calprofen may include, abdominal bleeding, blood in urine, blurred vision, changes in heartbeat, confusion, depression, dry eyes, hives, inability to sleep, kidney or liver damage, severe allergic reactions, shortness of breath, sleepiness, stomach ulcer, vomiting blood, painful urination. Ulcers or internal bleeding can happen especially when Calprofen is used for long time or in large doses.
Calprofen Side Effects Reporting
If you experience any Calprofen side effects not mentioned above you should report it to your primary health care provider or FDA 1-800-FDA-1088 in the United States, Health Canada 1-866-225-0709 in Canada, MHRA 020 3080 6000 in UK, or TGA 1800 020 653 in Australia.
Avoid taking Calprofen if you are sensitive or allergic to aspirin, or if you have asthma.
Inform your physician any drug reactions that you have experienced with Calprofen in the past.
Drinking alcohol increases the side effects of Calprofen especially bleeding.
Do not use more than the dosage prescribed by your physician.
Taking Calprofen with blood pressure medicines such as beta-blockers and diuretics lowers their effectiveness.
Peptic ulcers and bleeding can occur without warning when using Calprofen.
Calprofen should be used with caution if you have kidney or liver disease.
Do not take aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory drugs while taking Calprofen unless advised by your physician.
If you have a severe allergic reaction from Calprofen, seek medical help right away.
If you are taking blood-thinning medication such as warfarin, Calprofen may extend bleeding time.
Calprofen and Pregnancy
Calprofen may affect the heart of the developing fetus. If you are pregnant especially the last half of the pregnancy or might become pregnant, you should consult your doctor or gynecologist before taking Calprofen.
Calprofen may pass into breast milk that could affect the heart of the baby. Nursing mothers should bottle feed while taking Calprofen.
ADULTS: The standard dosage is 800 to 3,200 mg a day divided into 3 or 4 doses. Your doctor will determine the dose.
CHILDREN Consult your physician before giving Calprofen to children.
Check with your physician before combining Calprofen with the following:
Aspirin Blood pressure medications
Beta-blockers such as Atenolol, Blood-thinning drugs, Diuretics Lithium Methotrexate
Do not combine Calprofen with herbs like Garlic, Ginkgo and Ginseng.
Symptoms of Calprofen overdose may include acute depression (crying spell), abdominal pain, short breath, drowsiness, irregular heartbeat, kidney failure, low blood pressure, nausea, seizures, and vomiting and even death. In case of an Calprofen overdose, seek medical attention right away.
If you miss a dose of Calprofen, take it as soon as you can. However, if it is just about time for your next dose, skip the one you forgot and go on with your regular schedule. Never take a double dose of Calprofen.