Relafen: used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis


Rheumatoid arthritis is usually cured by Relafen as well as osteoarthritis. It is able to relieve pain in joints and its stiffness. It also fights with the inflammation and lessens the swelling of joints.

Brand(s): Relafen, Nabumetone, Nilitis, Relifex, Nabuflam, Gambaran.

Manufacturer: GlaxoSmithKline, IPCA Laboratories Ltd, Micro Healthcare (Micro Labs Ltd), Meda Pharmaceuticals.

Clinico-pharmacological group: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

Composition, structure and packing: a tablet has the shape of an oval. The color of a pill is white. A tablet has imprinted letters – “RELAFEN”.

Basic ingredient: nabumetone (500/700 mg).

Other ingredients: hypromellose, titanium dioxide. There are also microcrystalline cellulose and sodium lauryl sulfate in the composition of a pill. Moreover, it contains polysorbate 80, polyethylene glycol and sodium starch glycolate. Iron oxides are the components of tablets with 750 mg of nabumetone.

Relafen has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic effect. Relafen is used in the treatment of various inflammatory diseases

Relafen has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic effect. Relafen is used in the treatment of various inflammatory diseases


When a patient commences the therapy, he/ she is prescribed a minimum amount of the remedy that is equal to 1 g. It can be a part of your meal or used without it. In cases when a patient has more serious pain and signs of the maladies a patient might obtain a larger dose per day – from 1,5 to 2 g. Division of the daily dose (2 g) is practiced by some people. Using the dose of this medication that is higher than 2 g per day has not been examined well.

A special dose is recommended for people whose weight is under 50 kilos and people with chronic state of treated disorders. Moreover, particular amount might be chosen for a person with other disorders and people using other drugs.


Cases of using the amount of the remedy which is quite higher the prescribed one can cause situation when you might notice changes in your health condition. Try to find medical help.

Side effects

The most common worsening of health that Relafen can cause is pain in the stomach and head, problems with skin (it may itch or have rash), nausea, organs and body parts swelling. After experiencing such symptoms, a patient should consult a physician promptly.

Other maladies that might be experienced during the therapy are the disorders of the digestive system (indigestion, vomiting (sometimes with blood like grounds of coffee), feeling burning in stomach or feeling that it becomes tender), mouth diseases (it might inflame or swell), chest discomfort (burning). When you face any of these maladies, go to your health specialist quickly.

Some effects might occur rarely while undergoing such therapy but a patient should visit a specialist quickly. So he/ she might have gums that start bleeding, chills, diarrhea, dry cough (or cough in general), pain in chest, dizziness, fever. Pay attention to the condition of your skin because it may begin blistering (fluid-filled ones), loosening and peeling, yellowing, overreacting to the sunlight, being red or discolored. Some patients are registered to have more serious disorders of digestion system and urogenital system such as changing the color and consistency of patient’s stools (tarry, black, clay-colored, bloody) and urine (cloudy/ light-colored/ bloody/ dark-colored), constipation, changing in the urination and in the amount of the urine, appetite loss, increased thirst.

The possibility of having discomfort in the mouth dryness, hives, sore throat, yellow or irritated eyes, welts, sores in the mouth and on lips also exists. The chances are people might experience hurt in the abdomen, joints (as well as their stiffness), side, muscles, lower back.

A patient might also suffer difficulty with swallowing, breathing (troubled/ rapid/ shortness of it/ wheezing), vision, worsening of heart health (fast heartbeat, high blood pressure).

It might be noticed that a patient begins to get tired or weak and get bruises and bleedings in a strange way. Women may have vaginal bleeding. Some patients said that they lost weight, some of them gained it.

Indications for use

This medicine relieves signs of osteoarthritis. Another disease that it is able to be cured is rheumatoid arthritis.


The most common situation when this remedy cannot be used is hypersensitivity to the components of the drug (especially nabumetone).

People with possible allergic reactions on aspirin as well as NSAIDs (other remedies of this group) and problems with respiratory system (asthma) should not use this medicine. One more contraindication is urticarial. The consequence of the intake of Relafen can be resulted in anaphylactic-like response (sometimes even death is possible).

The medication is forbidden for patients after CABG surgery.

Where to buy?

The purchase can be made in any dispensary. The drug is also available in our online shop. Choose the medication, dosage and package that you need and order it. We will deliver it quickly and the price of it will be low (we provide discounts on drugs bought online).