Is Phorpain safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies of Phorpain in pregnant women. Therefore, Phorpain is not recommended during pregnancy. Phorpain should be avoided in late pregnancy due to the risk of premature closure of the ductus arteriosus in the fetal heart.
Phorpain is excreted in breast milk but the American Academy of Pediatrics states that Phorpain is compatible with breastfeeding.
11. Cautions with other medicines
Phorpain doesn't mix well with some medicines.
Phorpain applied to the skin is less likely to interfere with other medicines than if it's taken by mouth.
For safety, tell your doctor if you're taking these medicines before you start taking Phorpain by mouth or using it on your skin:
- blood-thinning medicines such as warfarin
- anti-inflammatory painkillers such as aspirin, diclofenac, mefenamic acid and naproxen
- medicines for high blood pressure
- steroid medicines such as betamethasone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone or prednisolone
- antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, nalidixic acid, norfloxacin or ofloxacin
- antidepressants such as citalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, venlafaxine, paroxetine or sertraline
- diabetes medicines such as gliclazide, glimepiride, glipizide and tolbutamide
What is Phorpain?
Phorpain is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Phorpain is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache , back pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps, or minor injury.
Phorpain is used in adults and children who are at least 6 months old.
What other information should I know?
If you are taking prescription Phorpain, do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
Before taking Phorpain,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Phorpain, aspirin or other NSAIDs such as ketoprofen and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), any other medications, or any of the inactive ingredients in the type of Phorpain you plan to take. Ask your pharmacist or check the label on the package for a list of the inactive ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention the medications listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section and any of the following: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril (Lotensin, in Lotrel), captopril, enalapril (Vasotec, in Vaseretic), fosinopril, lisinopril (in Zestoretic), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon, in Prestalia), quinapril (Accupril, in Quinaretic), ramipril (Altace), and trandolapril (Mavik, in Tarka); angiotensin receptor blockers such as candesartan (Atacand, in Atacand HCT), eprosartan (Teveten), irbesartan (Avapro, in Avalide), losartan (Cozaar, in Hyzaar), olmesartan (Benicar, in Azor, in Benicar HCT, in Tribenzor), telmisartan (Micardis, in Micardis HCT, in Twynsta), and valsartan (in Exforge HCT); beta blockers such as atenolol (Tenormin, in Tenoretic), labetalol (Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL, in Dutoprol), nadolol (Corgard, in Corzide), and propranolol (Hemangeol, Inderal, Innopran); diuretics ('water pills'); lithium (Lithobid); and methotrexate (Otrexup, Rasuvo, Trexall). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you more carefully for side effects.
- do not take nonprescription Phorpain with any other medication for pain unless your doctor tells you that you should.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any of the conditions mentioned in the IMPORTANT WARNING section or asthma, especially if you also have frequent stuffed or runny nose or nasal polyps (swelling of the inside of the nose); heart failure; swelling of the hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs; lupus (a condition in which the body attacks many of its own tissues and organs, often including the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys); or liver or kidney disease. If you are giving Phorpain to a child, tell the child's doctor if the child has not been drinking fluids or has lost a large amount of fluid from repeated vomiting or diarrhea.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, especially if you are in the last few months of your pregnancy; you plan to become pregnant; or you are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Phorpain, call your doctor.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Phorpain.
- if you have phenylketonuria (PKU, an inborn disease in which mental retardation develops if a specific diet is not followed), read the package label carefully before taking nonprescription Phorpain. Some types of nonprescription Phorpain may be sweetened with aspartame, a source of phenylalanine.
Other uses for this medicine
Phorpain is also sometimes used to treat ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine), gouty arthritis (joint pain caused by a build-up of certain substances in the joints), and psoriatic arthritis (arthritis that occurs with a long-lasting skin disease that causes scaling and swelling). Talk to your doctor about the risks of using this drug for your condition.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
If you get a headache, vomit or feel sleepy after accidentally swallowing Phorpain gel, contact a doctor or 111 straight away.
Teething (in Babies and Toddlers)
Teething in babies typically starts between 4 and 10 months of age. Symptoms and signs of cutting teeth include rash, drooling, decreased sleeping, fussiness, bringing the hands to the mouth, and rubbing the cheek or ear. Acetaminophen and Phorpain may be used to treat teething pain. Do not give aspirin to babies or children due to a condition called Reye's syndrome, which can be deadly.
What if I put on too much?
Putting too much Phorpain on your skin is unlikely to cause problems.