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Used for: Pain relief, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Pain and inflammation in musculoskeletal and joint disorders, Inflammation
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What is Ketoprofen for?

Ketoprofen belongs to a class of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like Celecoxib. NSAIDs work by reducing the production of a substance called prostaglandin. You can take Ketoprofen for pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis , osteoarthritis and gout. Ketoprofen is also used for relieving dysmenorrhea. 

How to use it?

There are many different forms of Ketoprofen available in Hong Kong, including plasters, patches and gel for topical use. You can also take Ketoprofen by mouth as tablets, or by injection.


The dosage for specific route of administration and age groups is as follows:




Take 100-200 mg daily. The maximum daily dose is 300 mg.




Apply 2-4 times daily for no more than 7 days.


If you are using Ketoprofen 2.5% gel, do not use more than 15 g every day.

What are the side effects of Ketoprofen?

Like all NSAIDS, the main side effects of Ketoprofen are indigestion, nausea, bleeding gastric ulcer and allergic reaction. With long-term use, Ketoprofen can cause kidney injury, bleeding and increase the risk of a cardiovascular event.

Who should not take Ketoprofen?

  • People who are allergic to Ketoprofen or any component of the formulation
  • People who are allergic to other NSAIDs
  • People with active gastrointestinal bleeding or a history of it (related to prior NSAID intake), active gastro-intestinal ulcer, or severe heart failure

Pharmacist Tips:

  • Do not use more than one product containing NSAIDs, including oral and topical use, at the same time.
  • Do not apply gel or patches onto broken or inflamed skin. Avoid contact with eyes or mucous membranes.

Common dosing schedule:
Take oral Ketoprofen with food to reduce stomach upset.


This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.


Some common medications Ketoprofen may interact with:

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Ketoprofen in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Ketoprofen is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.


For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Ketoprofen in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

Brands in Hong Kong
Available dosage
  • 50mg (Capsules)
  • 2.50% (Gel)
  • 30mg / 60mg (Plasters)
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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Other drugs in same class
Methyl Salicylate
Used for: Pain relief
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Used for: Inflammation, Rheumatoid arthritis, Gout, Pain, Osteoarthritis, Fever
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Used for: Pain, Inflammation
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Used for: Pain, Inflammation, Fever, Gout
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