Common Brands Relafen, Relafen DS (branded generics)
Drug Class
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Prescription only
Hope Chang, PharmD, AAHIVP
Hope Chang, PharmD, AAHIVP
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Medically reviewed by Hope Chang, PharmD, AAHIVP last update on 20/12/2023


Nabumetone is an NSAID that belongs to a class of drugs known for their anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic properties. Unlike some other NSAIDs, Nabumetone is considered a prodrug, meaning that it is inactive when ingested and must be metabolized in the body to its active form, which then exerts its therapeutic effects.

What Is Nabumetone?

Nabumetone is a medication that falls under the category of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Unlike some other NSAIDs, Nabumetone is considered a prodrug. This means that when it is ingested, it remains inactive until it is metabolized within the body. Once metabolized, it transforms into its active form and exerts its therapeutic effects, particularly in reducing pain and inflammation.



Prescription only

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