FELDENE treats the symptoms of
Although FELDENE can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, it will not cure your condition.
FELDENE belongs to a group of medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). These medicines work by relieving pain and inflammation (heat, throbbing, swelling, redness).
Your doctor may have prescribed FELDENE for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why FELDENE has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Do not take FELDENE if you have an allergy to:
Many medicines used to treat headache, period pain and other aches and pains contain aspirin or NSAID medicines.
If you are not sure if you are taking one of these medicines, ask your pharmacist.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to these medicines may include:
If you are allergic to aspirin or NSAID medicines and take FELDENE, these symptoms may be severe.
Do not take FELDENE if:
If you are not sure whether you should be taking FELDENE, contact your doctor.
Do not take FELDENE if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not take FELDENE if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
Do not give FELDENE to children of 12 years and under.
The safety and effectiveness of FELDENE in this age group have not been established.
You must tell your doctor if:
1. you have any allergies to:
2. you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed
3. you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
4. you currently have an infection
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start FELDENE.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and FELDENE may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may be affected by FELDENE or may affect how well it works.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful of or avoid while taking FELDENE.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the pack, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
However, depending on your condition and how you react to the medicine, your doctor may ask you to take some other dose.
Swallow the capsules whole with water.
If you are taking the dispersible tablets (FELDENE-D), allow the tablet to dissolve in a glass of water, then drink it straight away.
Try to take your FELDENE at the same time each day, either morning or evening.
It is best to take FELDENE immediately after food to avoid the chance of an upset stomach.
You may need to take FELDENE for a long time. Keep in touch with your doctor during this time.
Keep taking FELDENE every day until your doctor tells you to stop.
If it is almost time for your next dose (e.g. within 2 or 3 hours), skip the dose you missed and take the next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, then go back to taking it as you would normally.
Do not try to make up for missed doses by taking more than one dose at a time.
If you are not sure what to do, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much FELDENE. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
If you take too much FELDENE, you may feel sick or have stomach pain, vomiting, headache, dizziness, drowsiness and confusion.
If you become pregnant while taking FELDENE, tell your doctor immediately.
If you are about to start any new medicines, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking FELDENE.
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking FELDENE.
If you are going to have surgery, including dental surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking FELDENE.
FELDENE can slow down blood clotting.
If you get an infection while using FELDENE, tell your doctor.
FELDENE may hide some of the signs of an infection (e.g. pain, fever, redness, swelling). You may think, mistakenly, that you are better or that the infection is not serious.
Do not give FELDENE to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not use FELDENE to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how FELDENE affects you.
As with other NSAID medicines, FELDENE may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision in some people.
If this happens, do not drive or do things that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you have any problems while taking FELDENE, even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet.
Like other medicines, FELDENE can cause some side effects. If they occur, most are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.
If you are over 65 years of age, you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.
Report any side effects promptly to your doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
These side effects are usually mild.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
These are rare but serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.
If any of the following happen, STOP taking FELDENE and tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital.
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are rare.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Keep your capsules or tablets in their pack until it is time to take them.
If you take them out of their packaging, they will not keep well.
Keep them in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C. Do not store them, or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave them in the car or on window sills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep your capsules or tablets where young children cannot reach them.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking FELDENE, or the capsules or tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any left over.
FELDENE capsules are available as:
FELDENE-D dispersible tablets are available as:
lactose, maize starch, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, gelatin, colouring agents erythrosine, titanium dioxide, brilliant blue FCF(133) (10 mg only), indigo carmine(120) (20 mg only).
lactose, cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, sodium stearylfumarate.
FELDENE does not contain gluten or sugar.
FELDENE is supplied in Australia by:
Pfizer Australia Pty Limited
ABN 50 008 422 348
38-42 Wharf Road
West Ryde NSW 2114
Toll Free Number 1800 675 229
FELDENE 10 mg capsules - AUST R 47656
FELDENE 20 mg capsules - AUST R 47654
FELDENE-D 20 mg - AUST R 37312.
This leaflet was prepared in April 2013.
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