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Ibuprofen and famotidine (Oral route)

Pronunciation:

eye-bue-PROE-fen, fam-OH-ti-deen

Brand Names:

  • Duexis

Dosage Forms:

  • Tablet

Warnings:

Oral route(Tablet)

NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in treatment and may increase with duration of use. Famotidine/ibuprofen is contraindicated in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft surgery. NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients and patients with a prior history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding are at greater risk for serious GI events .

Classifications:

Pharmacologic

NSAID

Chemical

Propionic Acid (class)

Uses of This Medicine:

Ibuprofen and famotidine combination is used to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It is used for patients who have an increased risk for stomach ulcers and who need to take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for arthritis.

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to treat pain, inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Famotidine is a histamine H2-receptor antagonist or H2-blocker. It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using This Medicine:

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Children

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of ibuprofen and famotidine combination in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Older adults

Elderly patients are more likely to have heart, stomach, and/or kidney problems when taking this medication, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Other medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

  • Amifampridine
  • Amisulpride
  • Bepridil
  • Cisapride
  • Dronedarone
  • Ketorolac
  • Mesoridazine
  • Pimozide
  • Piperaquine
  • Saquinavir
  • Sparfloxacin
  • Terfenadine
  • Thioridazine
  • Ziprasidone

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Abciximab
  • Aceclofenac
  • Acemetacin
  • Acenocoumarol
  • Amiloride
  • Amineptine
  • Amiodarone
  • Amitriptyline
  • Amitriptylinoxide
  • Amoxapine
  • Amtolmetin Guacil
  • Anagrelide
  • Apixaban
  • Ardeparin
  • Argatroban
  • Aripiprazole
  • Arsenic Trioxide
  • Aspirin
  • Atazanavir
  • Balsalazide
  • Bemiparin
  • Bendroflumethiazide
  • Benzthiazide
  • Beta Glucan
  • Betamethasone
  • Bismuth Subsalicylate
  • Bivalirudin
  • Bromfenac
  • Budesonide
  • Bufexamac
  • Bumetanide
  • Bupropion
  • Buserelin
  • Cangrelor
  • Celecoxib
  • Certoparin
  • Chlorothiazide
  • Chlorthalidone
  • Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate
  • Choline Salicylate
  • Cilostazol
  • Citalopram
  • Clarithromycin
  • Clomipramine
  • Clonixin
  • Clopamide
  • Clopidogrel
  • Clozapine
  • Cortisone
  • Crizotinib
  • Cyclopenthiazide
  • Cyclosporine
  • Dabigatran Etexilate
  • Dabrafenib
  • Dalteparin
  • Danaparoid
  • Dasatinib
  • Deflazacort
  • Degarelix
  • Delamanid
  • Delavirdine
  • Desipramine
  • Desirudin
  • Deslorelin
  • Desvenlafaxine
  • Dexamethasone
  • Dexibuprofen
  • Dexketoprofen
  • Diazoxide
  • Dibenzepin
  • Diclofenac
  • Diflunisal
  • Digoxin
  • Dipyridamole
  • Dipyrone
  • Domperidone
  • Donepezil
  • Dothiepin
  • Doxepin
  • Droxicam
  • Duloxetine
  • Edoxaban
  • Enoxaparin
  • Eplerenone
  • Epoprostenol
  • Eptifibatide
  • Erlotinib
  • Escitalopram
  • Ethacrynic Acid
  • Etodolac
  • Etofenamate
  • Etoricoxib
  • Felbinac
  • Fenoprofen
  • Fepradinol
  • Feprazone
  • Feverfew
  • Floctafenine
  • Flufenamic Acid
  • Fluocortolone
  • Fluoxetine
  • Flurbiprofen
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Fondaparinux
  • Furosemide
  • Gefitinib
  • Ginkgo
  • Gonadorelin
  • Goserelin
  • Gossypol
  • Heparin
  • Histrelin
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Hydroflumethiazide
  • Hydroxychloroquine
  • Ibuprofen
  • Iloprost
  • Imipramine
  • Indapamide
  • Indomethacin
  • Ivabradine
  • Ketoconazole
  • Ketoprofen
  • Ledipasvir
  • Lepirudin
  • Leuprolide
  • Levofloxacin
  • Levomilnacipran
  • Lithium
  • Lofepramine
  • Lornoxicam
  • Loxoprofen
  • Lumiracoxib
  • Magnesium Salicylate
  • Meadowsweet
  • Meclofenamate
  • Mefenamic Acid
  • Melitracen
  • Meloxicam
  • Mesalamine
  • Methotrexate
  • Methyclothiazide
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Metolazone
  • Metronidazole
  • Milnacipran
  • Morniflumate
  • Moxifloxacin
  • Nabumetone
  • Nadroparin
  • Nafarelin
  • Naproxen
  • Nefazodone
  • Nepafenac
  • Niflumic Acid
  • Nimesulide
  • Nimesulide Beta Cyclodextrin
  • Nortriptyline
  • Olsalazine
  • Ondansetron
  • Opipramol
  • Oxaprozin
  • Oxyphenbutazone
  • Panobinostat
  • Paramethasone
  • Parecoxib
  • Parnaparin
  • Paroxetine
  • Pasireotide
  • Pazopanib
  • Pemetrexed
  • Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium
  • Pentoxifylline
  • Phenindione
  • Phenprocoumon
  • Phenylbutazone
  • Phenyl Salicylate
  • Piketoprofen
  • Pimavanserin
  • Piroxicam
  • Pitolisant
  • Polythiazide
  • Pralatrexate
  • Prasugrel
  • Prednisolone
  • Prednisone
  • Proglumetacin
  • Propyphenazone
  • Proquazone
  • Protein C
  • Protriptyline
  • Quetiapine
  • Reboxetine
  • Reviparin
  • Rilpivirine
  • Rivaroxaban
  • Rofecoxib
  • Salicylamide
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Salsalate
  • Sertraline
  • Sevoflurane
  • Sibutramine
  • Sodium Salicylate
  • Spironolactone
  • Sulfasalazine
  • Sulindac
  • Sulpiride
  • Tacrolimus
  • Tenoxicam
  • Tianeptine
  • Tiaprofenic Acid
  • Ticagrelor
  • Ticlopidine
  • Tinzaparin
  • Tirofiban
  • Tizanidine
  • Tolazoline
  • Tolfenamic Acid
  • Tolmetin
  • Torsemide
  • Treprostinil
  • Triamterene
  • Trichlormethiazide
  • Trimipramine
  • Triptorelin
  • Trolamine Salicylate
  • Valdecoxib
  • Vandetanib
  • Vemurafenib
  • Venlafaxine
  • Vilazodone
  • Vinflunine
  • Vismodegib
  • Vorapaxar
  • Vortioxetine
  • Warfarin
  • Xipamide
  • Zuclopenthixol

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Acebutolol
  • Alacepril
  • Amikacin
  • Atenolol
  • Azilsartan
  • Azilsartan Medoxomil
  • Benazepril
  • Betaxolol
  • Bisoprolol
  • Candesartan
  • Captopril
  • Carteolol
  • Carvedilol
  • Cefditoren Pivoxil
  • Cefpodoxime Proxetil
  • Celiprolol
  • Cilazapril
  • Cyclosporine
  • Delapril
  • Enalapril
  • Enalaprilat
  • Eprosartan
  • Esmolol
  • Fosinopril
  • Imidapril
  • Irbesartan
  • Labetalol
  • Levobunolol
  • Lisinopril
  • Losartan
  • Metipranolol
  • Metoprolol
  • Moexipril
  • Nadolol
  • Nebivolol
  • Olmesartan
  • Oxprenolol
  • Penbutolol
  • Pentopril
  • Perindopril
  • Pindolol
  • Practolol
  • Propranolol
  • Quinapril
  • Ramipril
  • Sotalol
  • Spirapril
  • Telmisartan
  • Temocapril
  • Timolol
  • Trandolapril
  • Valsartan
  • Zofenopril

Other interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Other medical problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Anemia or
  • Bleeding problems or
  • Congestive heart failure or
  • Crohn's disease, history of or
  • Edema (fluid retention or swelling) or
  • Heart attack, history of or
  • Heart or blood vessel disease or
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) or
  • Liver disease or
  • Stomach ulcers or bleeding, history of or
  • Stroke, history of or
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (autoimmune disease) or
  • Ulcerative colitis, history of Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Aspirin-sensitive asthma or
  • Aspirin sensitivity, history of or
  • Kidney disease, severe Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Heart surgery (eg, coronary artery bypass graft [CABG]) Should not be used to relieve pain right before or after the surgery.
  • Kidney disease Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of famotidine from the body.

Proper Use of This Medicine:

Use this medicine exactly as ordered by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than ordered by your doctor. Using too much of this medicine may increase the chance of unwanted effects, especially in elderly patients.

This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions. .

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not break, crush, divide, or chew it.

This medicine contains ibuprofen. Do not take this medicine with other products containing ibuprofen.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis:
      • Adults One tablet three times per day.
      • Children Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions While Using This Medicine:

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to use it. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

Ibuprofen may increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This is more likely in people who already have heart disease. People who use this medicine for a long time might also have a higher risk. Check with your doctor right away if you have chest pain that may spread to your arms, jaw, back, or neck, trouble breathing or speaking, headache, nausea, unusual sweating, or faintness.

Ibuprofen may cause bleeding in your stomach or intestines. This problem can happen without warning signs. This is more likely if you have had a stomach ulcer in the past, if you smoke or drink alcohol regularly, if you are over 60 years of age, are in poor health, or are using certain other medicines (such as steroids or a blood thinner).

Check with your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms while using the medicine: blood in the urine, change in the frequency of urination or amount of urine, difficulty with breathing, drowsiness, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, or swelling of the feet or lower legs. These may be symptoms of a serious kidney problem.

This medicine may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, hoarseness, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using this medicine.

Serious skin reactions can occur with this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you have blistering, peeling, or loose skin, red skin lesions, severe acne or skin rash, sores or ulcers on the skin, or fever or chills while you are using this medicine.

Using this medicine during late pregnancy can harm your unborn baby. If you think you have become pregnant while using this medicine, tell your doctor right away.

Check with your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of liver problems including dark-colored urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach, or yellow skin or eyes.

Some people who have used this medicine had symptoms of meningitis. If you have fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and stiff neck or back while using this medicine, check with your doctor right away.

Check with your doctor immediately if blurred vision, difficulty in reading, or any other change in color vision occurs during or after your treatment. Your doctor may want you to have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor).

Before having any kind of surgery or medical tests, tell your doctor that you are using this medicine. It may be necessary for you to stop the medicine for a while, or to change to a different medicine before your procedure.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

Side Effects of This Medicine:

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common
Abdominal or stomach pain, cramping, or burning
bladder pain
bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
bloody or black, tarry stools
blurred vision
chills
clay-colored stools
cloudy urine
constipation
cough
dark-colored urine
diarrhea
difficult, burning, or painful urination
dizziness
fever
frequent urge to urinate
general feeling of discomfort or illness
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
headache
heartburn
indigestion
itching or rash
joint pain
light-colored stools
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
muscle aches and pains
nausea
nervousness
pale skin
pounding in the ears
rapid weight gain
runny nose
severe stomach pain
shivering
slow or fast heartbeat
sore throat
stomach pain, continuing
sweating
tingling of the hands or feet
trouble sleeping
troubled breathing with exertion
unpleasant breath odor
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
unusual weight gain or loss
vomiting
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
change in consciousness
confusion as to time, place, or person
cracks in the skin
darkening of the skin
dry mouth
fainting
hallucinations
holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
loss of consciousness
loss of heat from the body
mental depression
pain in lower back or side
pains in the chest, groin, or legs, especially calves of the legs
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
red, swollen skin
scaly skin
seizures
severe headaches of sudden onset
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
stiff neck or back
sudden loss of coordination
sudden onset of shortness of breath for no apparent reason
sudden onset of slurred speech
sudden vision changes
thirst
troubled breathing with exertion
unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
Acid or sour stomach
back pain
belching
body aches or pain
cough producing mucus
difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
difficulty with moving
ear congestion
loss of voice
muscle stiffness
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
sneezing
stuffy nose

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Last Updated: 9/15/2016
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