What is Nalfon (Fenoprofen)?
Nalfon (generic: fenoprofen) is used primarily for treating rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Nalfon, or fenoprofen, is considered a non-narcotic analgesic and a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug. Nalfon (fenoprofen) is generally well tolerated, but use of the medication should, nonetheless, be monitored by a physician.
General Side Effects of Nalfon (Fenoprofen)
Commonly reported side effects of Nalfon (fenoprofen) include gastrointestinal upset and discomfort, sweating, tremors, palpitations, nervousness, rash and visual and hearing impairment. Serious side effects should be reported to your physician immediately. Your doctor should monitor regular blood tests while you are taking this prescription medication. Liver and kidney function should be monitored with long term use. Like other drugs used to treat arthritis, it has been known to cause ulcers and GI bleeding.
Nalfon (Fenoprofen) Causes Dry Mouth or Cotton Mouth
A lesser, but equally troubling side effect of Nalfon (fenoprofen) is the presence of dry mouth or cotton mouth, known as Xerostomia. The existence of dry mouth or cotton mouth should be monitored, but is generally not a reason to discontinue taking Nalfon (fenoprofen). The condition of Xerostomia should go away within a couple of weeks.
Despite being non-life threatening, Nalfon’s (fenoprofen) tendency to cause cotton mouth or dry mouth (Xerostomia) can cause discomfort and lead to more serious conditions if the side effect is not treated or does not go away within two weeks.
Dry mouth and cotton mouth are both terms used to describe an uncomfortable, arid feeling in the mouth known as Xerostomia. Dry mouth and cotton mouth (Xerostomia) may make you feel dehydrated because it feels as if you have had nothing to drink for days. Xerostomia may also make your tongue feel thick, heavy and dry. Xerostomia (dry mouth) is often called cotton mouth because it feels as if you have been chewing on a mouthful of cotton that is absorbing every molecule of moisture from your mouth and throat.
Prolonged dry mouth and cotton mouth (Xerostomia) caused by use of Nalfon (fenoprofen) may lead to a sore throat or mouth sores. If Xerostomia leads to either of these symptoms, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. Prolonged dry mouth or cotton mouth (Xerostomia) can lead to severe sore throat and may increase your chance of secondary inflammation or infection in your mouth. Xerostomia (dry mouth and cotton mouth) experienced over a long period of time can have serious effects on oral health. Xerostomia increases the chance of dental diseases like tooth decay, gum disease and oral infections.
Treat temporary dry mouth and cotton mouth by consuming sugarless candy or gum. Ice chips allowed to melt in your mouth may also be soothing. Saliva substitutes and sterile mint or lemon mouth swabs help stimulate saliva production and sooth the feeling of dry mouth or cotton mouth caused by Nalfon (fenoprofen).
While hydration is not directly linked to the feeling of dry mouth and cotton mouth caused by Nalfon (fenoprofen), it is important to stay well hydrated. It becomes difficult to distinguish real thirst from Xerostomia. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and avoid consuming too much caffeine. Caffeine leads to dehydration and exacerbates the feeling of dry mouth.
It is important to carefully monitor your use of Nalfon (fenoprofen) and any persisting side effects, including dry mouth and cotton mouth (Xerostomia).
“Nalfon,” Monthly Prescribing Reference.