Proper Use

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For safe and effective use of this medicine, do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than ordered by your doctor. Taking too much of this medicine may increase the chance of unwanted effects, especially in elderly patients .

When used for severe or continuing arthritis, this medicine must be taken regularly as ordered by your doctor in order for it to help you. This medicine usually begins to work within one week, but in severe cases up to two weeks or even longer may pass before you begin to feel better. Also, several weeks may pass before you feel the full effects of this medicine.

To lessen stomach upset, you may take this medicine with food, milk, or antacid unless your doctor tells you otherwise .

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 (capsules):
    • For osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis:
      • Adults—At first, 75 milligrams (mg) three times a day or 50 mg four times a day. Your doctor may increase your dose, if necessary, up to a total of 300 mg a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor .
    • For mild to moderate pain or menstrual cramps:
      • Adults—25 to 50 mg every six to eight hours as needed. Some people may need to take as much as 75 mg every six to eight hours. Doses larger than 75 mg are not likely to give better relief.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor .
  • For oral dosage form (extended-release capsules):
    • For osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis:
      • Adults—200 mg once a day, in the morning or evening. Take the medicine at the same time every 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.

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

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.