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Ketoprofen is a custom-made drug, a pharmacy drug that is classified in the family of medications known as NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ketoprofen works within the body to combat inflammation, fever, and pain. Physicians may prescribe this effective drug for treatment of osteoarthritis, menstrual pain, backaches and toothaches, muscle aches, and as a fever reducer, and even for general aches and pains from the common cold. This multipurpose drug has many uses in modern medicine; consult with your doctor about your options if your treatment will require an anti-inflammatory.


Ketoprofen by prescription typically is delivered as a capsule, either standard release or extended release. Standard release capsules are usually taken once every four hours or as directed by your doctor. Extended release capsules are taken once per day unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Over-the-counter ketoprofen comes as a tablet to be taken every four to six hours with a glass of water. If stomach issues are a concern you may take ketoprofen with food to help prevent stomach discomfort. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have further questions during your course of ketoprofen.


Side effects can occur with the use of this drug. Look out for possible side effects and contact your doctor if any seem to be lingering/persisting, or perhaps getting worse over time. Common side effects seen most often with ketoprofen users are:

  • Sores in Mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty Falling Asleep
  • Trouble Staying Asleep
  • Ringing of Ears
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness

Possible Severe Side Effects:

If you experience any of the following, seek medical treatment at once:

  • Blisters
  • Rash/Itching/Hives
  • Swelling of the Eyes
  • Swelling in Face, Lips, Tongue, or Throat
  • Swelling in Arms, or Hands
  • Vision Changes
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Swelling in Abdomen, Feet, or Ankles, or Lower Legs
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Difficulty Urinating
  • Painful Urination
  • Hoarseness
  • Accelerated Heartbeat
  • Cloudy or Bloody Urine
  • Back Pain
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Extreme Tiredness
  • Unusual Bleeding
  • Pale Skin
  • Abnormal Bruising
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Unexplained Weight Gain
  • Low or Zero Energy
  • Nausea / Upset Stomach
  • Pain in Stomach
  • Flu-Type Symptoms


Ketoprofen is a robust drug and anyone considering its use should see his or her doctor for a full medical review before beginning use.

As there are a myriad of conditions, diseases, situations, and drug interactions that could contraindicate the use of ketoprofen it is important for anyone considering the use of ketoprofen to consult with their doctor regarding all possible contraindications that may apply to them.

Ketoprofen is contraindicated for anyone with an allergy to any of the following:

  • Salicylates
  • Oxybenzone (Benzophenone 3)
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