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Nabumetone is used in fever, headache, arthralgia, myalgia, dental pain, post operative pain, pain during menstruation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout.

How it works

Nabumetone is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that cause fever, pain and inflammation (redness and swelling).

Common side effects

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Expert advice

  • Inform you doctor if you are taking blood thinning medications (eg. warfarin).
  • Nabumetone is not recommended in children.
  • Take nabumetone with meal or after meals.
  • Do not drive or operate machine if you feel dizzy, tired, drowsy, confused or notice problems with your eye sight.
  • Do not consume alcohol while on nabumetone treatment as it may worsen the side effects.

Frequently asked questions



Can I take nabumetone for a headache/ toothache/back pain/ menstrual cramps/gout?
Nabumetone mainly used to treat pain, tenderness, stiffness and swelling in the joints caused due to inflammatory conditions of the joints such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis


Can I take nabumetone with Tylenol (paracetamol)/ aleve (naproxen)/ tramadol/ ibuprofen/ oxycodone/ Vicodine (paracetamol with hydrocodone) / percocet (paracetamol with oxycodone)?
Nabumetone should not be taken with other NSAIDs and pain killers such as Tylenol (paracetamol)/ aleve (naproxen)/ tramadol/ ibuprofen/ oxycodone/ Vicodine (paracetamol with hydrocodone) / percocet (paracetamol with oxycodone)as it increases the risk of severe gastrointestinal bleeding and other adverse effects. Please follow your doctor's advice


Does nabumetone contain acetaminophen?
No, nabumetone and acetaminophen are two different medicines

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Does nabumetone have aspirin in it?
No, nabumetone does not contain aspirin


Does nabumetone make you sleepy/ drowzy?
Nabumetone may cause difficulty in sleeping or may make you feel sleepy


Does nabumetone raise blood pressure?
Yes, increase in blood pressure is a known side effect of nabumetone


Does nabumetone cause weight gain?
Nabumetone has no known effects on weight gain.

Content on this page was last updated on 17 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)