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Simple Dosing of DUEXIS

Since DUEXIS is a combination medicine, remember:

  • Take DUEXIS exactly as directed by your health care provider
  • Your health care provider may prescribe 1 DUEXIS tablet 3 times a day

For example:

Simple Dosing of DUEXIS

DUEXIS delivers what ibuprofen 800 mg alone cannotless risk of developing stomach ulcers

There's no generic substitute for DUEXIS

Because DUEXIS has ibuprofen on the outside and famotidine on the inside:

  • DUEXIS tablets should be swallowed whole
  • Do not split, chew, crush, or dissolve the tablets

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 1 time to make up for a missed dose

If you take too much DUEXIS, tell your health care provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away

Following your doctor's instructions

  • Take DUEXIS exactly as your doctor tells you to take it
  • Swallow DUEXIS tablets whole with liquid. Do not split, chew, crush, or dissolve the DUEXIS tablet
  • Tell your doctor if you cannot swallow the tablet wholeyou may need a different medicine
  • Your doctor will tell you how many DUEXIS tablets to take and when to take them
  • Do not change your dose or stop DUEXIS without first talking to your doctor
  • 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
  • If you take more DUEXIS than your doctor recommends, tell your doctor, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222, or go to the closest hospital emergency room right away. Symptoms of taking too much DUEXIS may include feeling weak and tired, dizziness, feeling sleepy, upper stomach-area pain or discomfort, indigestion or nausea, a change in breathing or stopping breathing, vomiting, bleeding, movements of a body part that you cannot control

Taking DUEXIS with low-dose aspirin

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.