Fastum Gel ketoprofen

FASTUM® 2.5%g/g GEL (Ketoprofen)

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FASTUM® 2.5%g/g GEL (Ketoprofen)

Fastum Gel contains a medicine called Ketoprofen. Fastum Gel belongs to a group of medicines called Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These reduces inflammation and relieve pain.

Fastum Gel is used for the local treatment of rheumatic or traumatic pain in the osteo-articular and muscular system: contusions, distortions, sprains, muscle strains, stiff neck, lumbago.

In children under 12 years of age Fastum Gel is not recommended as experience in children is limited

Do not use Fastum Geland tell your doctor if

  • You have previously had any photosensitivity reactions-an abnormal reaction of the skin to sunlight
  • You are hypersensitive (allergic) to the active substance ketoprofen, UV blockers (sun creams) or perfumes
  • You are hypersensitive (allergic) to any of the other ingredients of Fastum Gel
  • You are hypersensitive to aspirin, other NSAIDs (e.g ibuprofen) or any medicines for pain relief or inflammation including tiaprofenic acid.
  • You are hypersensitive to fenofibrate (a medicine used to lower blood cholesterol)
  • You have had wheezing (asthma), runny nose (rhinitis) or any itchy rash (hives) after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs (e.g ibuprofen)
  • You intend to use it on skin conditions such as eczema, acne or infected skin, an open wound or skin lesion (e.g abscess, ulcer or tumor)
  • The area to be treated is near the eyes
  • You are pregnant

Stop using Fastum Gel immediately if you experience any skin reaction including reactions after co-application with octocrylene containing products (octocrylene is an ingredient used in several cosmetic and hygiene products such as shampoo, after-shave, shower and bath gels, skin creams, lipsticks, anti-aging creams, make-up removers and hair sprays in order to delay product breakdown due to sunlight).

Do not expose the skin that has been treated with Fastum Gel to direct (even hazy) sunlight or sunbeds during treatment or for the following 2 weeks.

Take special care with Fastum Gel

  • If you have heart, kidney, liver, stomach or bowel problems, or a tendency to bleed easily, talk to your doctor before using Fastum Gel.
  • The duration of treatment should be kept as short as possible as the risk of skin reactions increases over time.
  • Exposure to the sun (even hazy) or to UVA of areas treated with Fastum Gel can induce potentially serious skin reactions (photosensitisation). Therefore it is necessary to protect treated areas by wearing clothing during treatment and for two weeks following its discontinuation to avoid any risk of photosensitisation. Wash your hands thoroughly after each application of Fastum Gel.
  • Do not allow the gel to come into contact with mucous membranes (e.g nasal, oral, anal and genital) or the eyes.
  • Treatment should be discontinued immediately upon development of any skin reaction after application of Fastum Gel.
  • If you have asthma, a persistent runny nose, chronic sinusitis and/or nasal polyps, aspirin or similar medicines (such as ketoprofen) may increase the risk of allergy to aspirin or to similar anti-inflammatory medicines such as ketoprofen which is the active constituent of Fastum Gel.

In children under 12 years of age Fastum Gel is not recommended as experience in children is limited.

Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if your condition gets worse

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, e.g oral anticoagulants (blood thinning medicines) or methotrexate (for rheumatoid arthritis, malignant disease or psoriasis). This includes medicines you can buy without a prescription. This is because Fastum Gel affects the way some other medicines work. Some other medicines can affect the way Fastum Gel works.

Pregnancy and breast feeding

Do not use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It may affect your baby

Driving and using machines

Fastum Gel should not affect your ability to drive and use machinery

How and where to use Fastum Gel

  • Fastum Gel is for external use only
  • Gently massage the gel on the area you need to treat
  • Wash your hands immediately after use
  • Do not apply Fastum Gel to sore, broken or infected skin
  • Do not use Fastum Gel near the eyes, mouth, nostrils, anal and genital regions
  • Stop using Fastum Gel if you get a rash, itchy or sensitive skin after use
  • Do not use with an air-tight or water-tight dressing (i.e. do not bandage, wrap or cover the area with a plastic dressing
  • Do not use more than 25g of Fastum Gel per day. The use of large amounts of Fastum Gel may give rise to side effects such as hypersensitivity and asthma.

Protection from the sun and sunbeds

Do not expose the skin that has been treated with Fastum Gel to direct (even hazy) sunlight or sunbeds during treatment or for the following 2 weeks.

How long should you use Fastum Gel

Do not use Fastum Gel for more than 10 days in a row. If your symptoms persists after 10 days, tell your doctor. Do not use Fastum Gel for longer than recommended due to the risk of skin reactions (contact dermatitis and photosensitivity).

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Fastum Gel can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them

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