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User Reviews for Nabumetone

Also known as: Relafen DS

Nabumetone has an average rating of 5.6 out of 10 from a total of 85 ratings on Drugs.com. 47% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 37% reported a negative experience.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Back Pain  Off-label
5.7
32 reviews 180 medications
Osteoarthritis  
6.1
17 reviews 356 medications
Muscle Pain  Off-label
5.6
13 reviews 356 medications
Rheumatoid Arthritis  
5.6
13 reviews 363 medications
Sciatica  Off-label
4.1
7 reviews 282 medications
Frozen Shoulder  Off-label
5.7
3 reviews 56 medications
Summary of Nabumetone reviews 5.6 85 reviews

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Reviews for Nabumetone

Weej · January 30, 2013

Relafen (nabumetone) for Back Pain: “I was put on Relafen when I had an epidural for back pain and arthritis, also 2 back surgeries. I found a specialist when I start having pain in my lower back and sharp pain in my leg. My doctor put me on Relafen taking 2 pills a day. My symptoms were well managed by this medicine. I had no side effects and I was able to function quiet well. I think this medicine is a very good one for the type of pain I have for my back and pain down my thigh. I really recommend this to anyone with back or leg pain or arthritis in the back. It really works.”

8 / 10
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jgracemor · September 3, 2013

For Back Pain: “I've had back pain on and off for years. I'm a nurse and I am always hurting my back at work. When an urgent care Dr. prescribed nabumatone for my back, it worked better than any narcotics I've ever tried. It was amazing!”

9 / 10
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For Backpain · Taken for less than 1 month · April 19, 2014

For Back Pain: “I've had lower back problems on and off since mid 20's. When the discs get inflamed nothing has ever really helped - ibuprofen, hydrocodone, and many others. This is the first medicine that has noticeably helped the back pain and allowed me to exercise and strengthen my back without worrying it will give out again due to stiffening up.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · December 10, 2011

Relafen (nabumetone) for Back Pain: “I have a back injury that flares up from time to time and when it does it requires a significant amount of medication. I dislike taking opiates but found myself taking way too high of a dose of Ibuprofen on a regular basis and found it no longer working effectively. Relafen works great. I do get a slight bit of initial dizziness for about 20 minutes after I take it and I'm a bit drowsier than normal but the pain relief is well worth it. I sleep great at night, no more waking up or tossing and turning.”

9 / 10
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Medsdowork · March 14, 2008

Relafen (nabumetone) for Osteoarthritis: “I have had chronic fatigue, facet joint syndrome, degeneration of parts of the spine as well as fibromyalgia and very severe osteoarthritis for over 10 years- I cannot take other OTC products because suprizingly they cause tummy upset. I have had no side effects, and my MD watches me closely.I am glad to have this medication work for me.”

10 / 10
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I take 500 mg Nabuetome at bedtime · Taken for 2 to 5 years · August 13, 2013

Relafen (nabumetone) for Muscle Pain: “This medicine has worked when nothing else has. My doctor was concerned that this would harm my stomach over time but I've been taking it for 2 years without issue. I recently tried Lyrica instead and have hurt all over. I just went back to Nabumetone and I feel good again. Since I take 1/2 of the normal dose, I'm hoping I can continue to take this medicine. It is the only thing that works so far.”

10 / 10
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Jw · March 16, 2019

For Back Pain: “I have scoliosis with arthritis in neck, also lumbar disc problems, sciatica, and hip pain- all from crooked back. I one dose (750mg) of nabumetone before bed and I slept through the night and woke up with no pain, stiffness and full range of motion. Miracle worker for me!!”

10 / 10
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MamoJulie · November 21, 2008

Relafen (nabumetone) for Back Pain: “Upon starting the use of Relafen I have had less pain in my lumbar area. I have 2 discs that are shot and the inflamation and swelling I endured is practically gone. I make sure I eat something with the medicine but even when I haven't this medication has not bothered my stomach at all. No other anti-inflammatory medication has ever given me this much releif.”

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Anonymous · April 4, 2008

Relafen (nabumetone) for Osteoarthritis: “My arthritis was pretty much under control using naprosyn, but it started making my stomach bleed so I had to discontinue using it. I was in pain all the time and couldn't participate in my hobby of folk dancing and even had to use a cane increasingly. After about a year of this I began taking Relafen and it relieved my pain dramatically. It's still not as good as the naprosyn but it is a lot easier on my stomach.”

8 / 10
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MattR · May 27, 2009

Relafen (nabumetone) for Back Pain: “I have been saddled with sciatic pain off and on for over 15 months now. About a month ago, my Doctor switched me off of Naproxen and onto this drug. It seems to be a little more effective and I am only taking it twice a day. I would rate my daily pain level about a 3 on a scale of 10, and almost 0 an hour after taking this one tablet with a meal.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · August 23, 2008

Relafen (nabumetone) for Osteoarthritis: “As a 36 year old male suffering from osteoarthritis,this drug has made a substantial difference in my quality of life. I was not sure how long I would be able to keep working, now that I am being treated with this drug, my quality of life has increased greatly. I am able to work without severe pain. A definite plus is I don't have to worry about a narcotic cloudiness to contain my pain. I can now play and walk outside with my children. I am afraid of the side effects, but so far so good. Recommend this to others who may benefit from its use.”

7 / 10
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Anonymous · April 6, 2009

Relafen (nabumetone) for Back Pain: “I have arthitis in my lower back with spinal stenosis and an annular tear in my disc. I was prescribed 1500mg a day. As long as I take the full amount I have no more pain, cramping in my leg or sciatica. I have been taking half because I have dizziness and headaches. Still better than the pain.”

10 / 10
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Nabumetone · Taken for less than 1 month · June 28, 2012

Relafen (nabumetone) for Sciatica: “My doctor prescribed this twice a day for a month after receiving a steroid injection for a herniated disc at the L5,S1. It works great! I can now walk, sit, stand, etc. Whereas I couldn't while suffering from Sciatica. I'm only 30! I have had no side effects.”

8 / 10
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Cardiogirl · Taken for less than 1 month · October 1, 2018

For Back Pain: “I have terrible lumbar stenosis and arthritis. I could hardly move and this medication started working a couple hours after taking it. Once I took a couple doses the pain was almost gone. No side effects for me.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · September 30, 2011

Relafen (nabumetone) for Sciatica: “I have not experienced any side effects whatsoever. I take 1500 mgs every night after supper. I went from not sleeping due to pain in my right leg to sleeping the whole night through. Also, I had become so stiff it was hard getting up and down out of chairs and out of the car. With this medicine, I am up and down like a normal 40 year old, rather than an 80 year old. I am so very grateful for this medicine.”

10 / 10
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AHL · Taken for 1 to 6 months · July 13, 2017

Relafen (nabumetone) for Back Pain: “Had L5 S1 Diskectomy 3 months ago/worst Sciatica pain imaginable, could barely stand or walk. MD stopped opioids pain meds and we are trying different types of pain management. Allergic reaction to Lyrica and Meloxicam didn't do a darn thing. Relafen didn't work at first but now? It's a life saver. I do also take protonix due to terrible upset stomach issues from taking Ibuprofin for many months. It's a life changer for me! I am only 43 and feel very thankful to have this med!”

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frankietg · May 10, 2011

Relafen (nabumetone) for Osteoarthritis: “What started out as a simple back strain/sprain at 19 yrs old has, over the years, evolved into an all encompassing condition leaving me with Multiple Sclerosis, handicapped and needing a walker for any mobility. Through the years I have been on NSAIDs which have proven time and again to be so helpful in relieving pain to where I was taking 3200 mg of ibuprofen/day. Finally given Relafen, which has saved my stomach from all the pain medicines and ibuprofen. Have never had a problem with Relafen (nabumetone) over the 7 yrs I've been on them, and they continue to be instrumental in relief from daily pains due to MS. A great product!”

6 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years · September 26, 2016

Relafen (nabumetone) for Osteoarthritis: “I love relafen aka nabumetone. I have OA, chronic low back pain, and chronic pain syndrome. It works best of all prescription nsaids I have tried. And believe me, I have tried a lot. I've become allergic to some, some just plain don't work, or cease working over time. I have been taking nabumetone for over 3 yrs now, no need to increase dose, no side effects. I absolutely swear by it. It's very rare that I even need to take anything for break thru pain.”

9 / 10
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Rheumatoid Arthritis 62 · March 17, 2013

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I'm 66. Started Nabumetone about 4 years ago. Orginally prescribed a Cox-2 inhibitor, have high Blood pressure, the cox-2 experience was VERY BAD. Then tried Nabumetone 750mg, was prescribed 2 daily. Was acceptable to my Blood Pressure. After reviewing side effects decided to take 1 daily except when pain level is real bad, then take 2 for several days then go back to 1 daily. I'm pleased with Nabumetone and my self-medication technique. ”

7 / 10
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Shank · Taken for less than 1 month · March 21, 2020

For Back Pain: “Helped some for my back pain, but the side effects far outweighed the benefit which was just slightly better than regular old ibuprofen. It totally changed my personality, made me irritable, and just put me in an overall bad mood. I was also very confused and tired on this medication. And on top of all that, it made my stomach hurt and began giving me headaches. I stopped taking it.”

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Jannie54 · October 5, 2016

For Muscle Pain: “I started taking this medication about 2 months ago for severe neck pain. I could barely turn my neck and I dealt with constant pain. I had been on medications in the past, had radio frequency ambulation, and injections. This present medication has made me a new woman. I am able to go about my daily routines, without pain. I highly suggest this medication if nothing in the past has worked.”

10 / 10
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ART J · April 27, 2011

Relafen (nabumetone) for Muscle Pain: “I had a severe inflamed left arm. Many medicines did not work. I then took Relafen, one tablet one hour before bedtime with food and then at bedtime I took another. The next morning the inflammation, which was in my whole arm, was gone and I was able to pinpoint the area of the inflammation with pinpoint accuracy. I was operated at that spot. A few years later I had a severe inflammation in my right foot. It would not go away so I then took the same dose that night. The next morning the inflammation was gone. ”

10 / 10
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Bones · Taken for less than 1 month · February 18, 2020

Relafen (nabumetone) for Osteoarthritis: “I'm allergic to nsaids but I've tried everything to get the pain & inflammation of osteoarthritis under control, at least where I can tolerate it. I just got Rx for relafen 500mg today & took about 1/8 because I was afraid I would have allergic reaction. I'm fine so far & I honestly haven't felt this good in years. I'm praying I won't have problems with relafen & I'll get back to the way I used to be!!”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · November 8, 2009

For Back Pain: “I have suffered chronic lower back pain (due to ankylosing spondylitis) for years, which I was treating it with Advil. After I was diagnosed with AS, my doctor put me on Relafen (Nabumetone). It's been 3 months now and my back pain has virtually disappeared! I only hope the side effects from taking this long-term are not severe.”

9 / 10
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anonymous999y · April 16, 2013

Relafen (nabumetone) for Back Pain: “Relafen was prescribed by my spine Doctor for cervical/upper back cramping and upper extremity radiculopathy. It did not relieve my pain at all. Just started Skelaxin (2 doses in) and the pain is so much better.”

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