Phenylbutazone

    • What type of medicine is this?

    • Phenylbutazone is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It reduces pain, fever and swellings. Only take this medicine if it is prescribed by your healthcare provider.

    • What is the medicine used for?

    • Phenylbutazone, also known as Butazolidine, is a reliever for mild to moderate pain. It also relieves fever and swellings resulting from arthritis (joint inflammation).

      The use of Phenylbutazone has been limited because it can cause low white blood cell counts and lowers a person’s immunity. Your healthcare provider will use other pain relievers first before trying out phenylbutazone at a low dose and for a short period. Common side-effects are similar to those of other pain-relievers, including stomach disturbances, cramping, liver disease, and feeling like vomiting and vomiting.

    • How to take this medicine?

      • Phenylbutazone comes in the form of tablets.
      • The recommended daily dose is between 2,000 mg-4,000 mg. Your healthcare provider will prescribe a dose depending on your body weight.
      • Take the tablets with food, swallowing them whole. Do not crush or chew the tablets.
      • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
      • If you miss a dose, take it when you remember. Do not use two doses at the same time.
      • If you use more than the prescribed amount, seek medical attention immediately.
    • What are the side-effects?

    • Side-effects you may experience when you use this medicine include:

      • Stomach ulcers.
      • Dizziness.
      • Weakness.
      • Vomiting or feeling like vomiting.
      • Stomach pain.
      • Internal bleeding.
      • Skin rash, if you are allergic to this medicine.

      One significant side-effect of phenylbutazone is that it attacks your bone marrow, which produces blood cells, and this reduces the number of white blood cells in your blood. Fewer white blood cells mean that your body's defence system is weakened.

      Report any other side-effects you may experience to your healthcare provider.

    • What to know before taking this medicine?

      • Phenylbutazone is meant for short-term treatment. Do not use for longer than prescribed by your healthcare provider.
      • You may experience dizziness while using this medicine. Do not drive or operate any machinery when you use it.
      • If you are to undergo surgery, do not use this medicine three days before the surgery. You may bleed a lot.
      • Inform your healthcare provider of the other medicines you are taking, including herbal pills. It may cause you to bleed more if you use drugs like warfarin.
      • It worsens certain medical conditions such as stomach ulcers and heart diseases. Inform your healthcare provider if you have these medical conditions.
      • You should not use this medicine if you have medical conditions like lupus and other autoimmune diseases.
      • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this medicine.