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User Reviews for Relafen

Relafen has an average rating of 7.1 out of 10 from a total of 11 ratings on Drugs.com. 60% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 20% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Osteoarthritis  
7.3
8 reviews 353 medications
Rheumatoid Arthritis  
6.7
3 reviews 363 medications
Summary of Relafen reviews 7.1 11 reviews

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Reviews for Relafen

Weej January 30, 2013

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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Medsdowork March 14, 2008

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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MamoJulie November 21, 2008

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 August 23, 2008

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 December 10, 2011

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

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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Anonymous April 4, 2008

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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Anonymous April 6, 2009

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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MattR May 27, 2009

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

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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Anonymous September 30, 2011

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

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

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

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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ART J April 27, 2011

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

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 July 19, 2008

For Frozen Shoulder: “I'm probably the only one I know taking this for inflammation from a frozen shoulder as I have had serious side effects from steriod shots, so its a viable alternative. It's not bad, it is working slowly but definitely have to take it with food. I'm taking 750 twice a day but started breaking them in half which is not easy but overall not a bad drug, for what it is intended for I've heard great things, not just from this site.”

7 / 10
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anonymous999y April 16, 2013

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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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 31, 2012

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “Like Celebrex and Vioxx, this caused blood pressure spurts, along with dizziness, weakness, and other side effects. Too dangerous for me to take because of how high it would send my blood pressure within an hour or so of taking it.”

4 / 10
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Thom the painter · Taken for less than 1 month April 16, 2018

For Back Pain: “When I saw the over all rating of 7.1, I thought, out of 100? I don't know what type of pain is being experienced by the people who have had success with Relafen. But it is apparently not like mine. I have noticed NO relief whatsoever! I'm taking 500mg bid. Why not just take 800mg of ibuprofen?”

1 / 10
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Anonymous May 19, 2011

For Muscle Pain: “I was given this medication after I injured both feet in sparring in my Thai boxing class. After two weeks of slow healing a second doctor gave me this and it sped up healing. Upon returning to class and new injuries it works well.”

9 / 10
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jondrums22 · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 26, 2021

For Osteoarthritis: “I was in a car accident back in 2019 where I received a compression fracture of the spine, lower lumbar area. Along with 1 herniated disc on the left lower side of the spine. Also an additional herniated disc on the right lower side of the spine, which was more of a serious herniation than the left one. After my car insurance coverage ran out for my chiropractic visits, I started to see a Pain management doctor who gave me samples of Relafen DS (1,000MG). It actually worked very well with the inflammation, stiffness, and swelling around my lower back. Highly recommend asking your doctor about taking this medication for your back pain.”

9 / 10
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MakoMike · Taken for less than 1 month July 10, 2021

For Osteoarthritis: “Doctor gave me samples to see if this drug would relieve some of my knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. I took 1-2 1000mg tablets a day for a week. No relief whatsoever. I’m happy for the people who did get relief but for me this drug did nothing.”

1 / 10
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Anonymous February 13, 2010

For Back Pain: “I have been suffering from back pain for years, I was prescribed Relafen and what a difference it has made, the bonus no side effect's!”

8 / 10
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seale August 14, 2011

For Back Pain: “I started taking it 2 days ago and have not had any side effects. My sleep has improved tremendously.”

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