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Indoprofen and naproxen in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: a clinical trial.

Br Med J 1978; 1 doi: (Published 04 February 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;1:274
  1. H Berry,
  2. L Fernandes,
  3. A K Clarke,
  4. E B Hamilton,
  5. J Davies,
  6. A J Dixon


    Thirty-six patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis took part in a double-blind crossover trial, in which they received either indoprofen 800 mg/day, naproxen 500 mg/day, or a matching placebo. Indoprofen was shown to be significantly superior as an analgesic and in improving grip strength and the patients preferred it. Adverse effects were comparable, although indigestion was seen slightly more often during indoprofen treatment. Indoprofen is therefore at least as effective as existing anti-inflammatory drugs in rheumatoid arthritis and seems to be better tolerated.