Ketoprofen is used to help patients who suffer from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis reduce pain, inflammation, tenderness and stiffness in the joints. This medication is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug; like other NSAIDs, it works by blocking the production of a body substance that contributes to inflammation.
Patients who take this medication are at greater risk for heart attack or stroke. Patients who are pre-disposed towards heart disease, such as those who have a family history or a personal history of heart attacks and strokes, should not take this medication. Patients who have ever had bypass surgery are at more risk of heart attack or stroke than other patients.
This medication also increases the risk of ulcers or gastrointestinal perforation. Patients should see their doctors immediately if they have stomach problems or blood in their stools while on this medication.