Author(s): Brogden RN, Heel RC, Speight TM, Avery GS
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Abstract Flurbiprofen, a phenylalkanoic acid derivative, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, analgesic agent advocated for use in rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative joint disease, ankylosing spondylitis and allied conditions. Published data suggest that flurbiprofen 120 to 150 mg daily is comparable in effectiveness with therapeutic doses of aspirin (3 to 4 g) in rheumatoid arthritis, but generally causes fewer side effects. Flurbiprofen 150 to 300 mg appears to be comparable with 75 to 150 mg of indomethacin in rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative joint disease, and comparable with phenylbutazone or indomethacin in ankylosing spondylitis. In comparison with other non-steroidal agents, flurbiprofen appears to be at least as effective as naproxen, ibuprofen or sulindac, but generally causes more side effects than these drugs. However, as no one of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents is the most suitable drug for all patients requiring such therapy, flurbiprofen should be considered along with other drugs of its type in the arthritic patient.
This article was published in Drugs
and referenced in Journal of Bioequivalence & Bioavailability