In 2 studies of people who required NSAID treatment for chronic painful conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, treatment with DUEXIS reduced the risk of developing stomach ulcers by about 50% compared with people in the studies who took ibuprofen without any gastroprotective medicine.
If you take low-dose aspirin (less than or equal to 325 mg/day) and also need to take a prescription-strength NSAID for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, DUEXIS may be an option for you and your doctor to consider.
However, it's important to be aware that all prescription NSAIDs, including DUEXIS, increase the chance of heart attack or stroke, which can lead to death.
Data have not shown that taking aspirin while on an NSAID like ibuprofen reduces the risk of serious blood clotting events, including heart attack and stroke, associated with NSAID use.
You should never use DUEXIS as a substitute for low-dose aspirin in preventing heart attack or stroke.
Taking aspirin and an NSAID is not generally recommended because of the increased risk of side effects, including serious ones. Tell your doctor if you take or plan to take aspirin.
This information does not take the place of talking with your health care provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
INDICATION AND USAGE
What is DUEXIS® (ibuprofen and famotidine)?
DUEXIS contains two medicines: ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and famotidine, a histamine H2-receptor antagonist. DUEXIS is used to relieve the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and to decrease the risk of developing ulcers in the stomach and upper intestines (upper gastrointestinal ulcers) in people who are taking ibuprofen for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. DUEXIS was mostly studied in people less than 65 years of age and who did not have any history of ulcers of the stomach and upper intestines.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
DUEXIS can cause serious side effects. Stop taking DUEXIS and call your doctor or go to your emergency department right away if you get:
These are not all of the possible side effects of DUEXIS. Please talk to your doctor if you experience any symptoms that bother you or that do not go away.
What is the most important information I should know about DUEXIS?
Who should not use DUEXIS?
How should I take DUEXIS?
Take DUEXIS exactly as your health care provider tells you to take it. Do not change your dose or stop DUEXIS without first talking to your health care provider. Swallow DUEXIS tablets whole with liquid. Do not split, chew, crush, or dissolve the DUEXIS tablet. If you forget to take a dose of DUEXIS, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose on time. Do not take 2 doses at one time to make up for a missed dose.
What are the possible side effects of DUEXIS?
The most common side effects of DUEXIS include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, upper abdominal pain, and headache.
What other medications might interact with DUEXIS?
Avoid using DUEXIS while taking other NSAIDs unless your doctor says it is OK. NSAIDs may be present in over-the-counter medications for treatment of colds, fever, or insomnia; refer to the label of over-the-counter medications you are taking or ask your pharmacist. Do not use DUEXIS and low-dose aspirin until you talk to your health care provider. Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take as some medicines can react with NSAIDs and cause serious side effects.
What should I tell my health care provider?
Before starting DUEXIS, tell your health care provider if you have a history of ulcer disease or esophagus, stomach, or intestine bleeding, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure, asthma, or are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breast feeding. Also tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Do not start taking new medicines without talking to your health care provider first.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also contact the Horizon Pharma Medical Information Department toll-free at 1-866-479-6742 or [email protected].
The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more, talk about DUEXIS with your health care provider or pharmacist. Click here for the Prescribing Information and Medication Guide or call 1-866-479-6742.