flavocoxid (generic name)

Limbrel (brand name)

It is promoted for use in adults with osteoarthritis ('wear-and-tear' of the joints)
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What is this medicine?

FLAVOCOXID is a prescription dietary supplement. It is promoted for use in adults with osteoarthritis ('wear-and-tear' of the joints). This medical food may help reduce inflammation in affected joints. This product has not been shown to help rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), or other inflammatory conditions. It is not helpful for acute or chronic pain.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • fluid retention in ankles or legs
  • heart problems
  • high blood pressure
  • history of blood clots
  • history of stroke
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • stomach or intestinal ulcers
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to flavocoxid, flavonoids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush, or chew. You may take this medicine with or without food. It may be best to take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 1 hour after meals. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • aspirin or aspirin-like products
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

This medical food is a combination of different nutrients found in fruits, plants, and vegetables. It has more of these nutrients than the normal American diet usually has. Taking a supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Follow a healthy diet and exercise program.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • bloody or black, tarry stools
  • chest pain
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • high blood pressure
  • swelling of ankles or legs
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • vomit that looks like coffee grounds

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • nausea
  • stomach upset

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: April 27, 2009
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