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J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007 Apr;119(4):960-4. Epub 2007 Feb 9.

Tolerability to nabumetone and meloxicam in patients with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug intolerance.

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  • 1Allergy Service, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain.



Because nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) intolerance depends on COX-1 inhibition, preferential or selective COX-2 inhibitors have been thought to be well tolerated by these patients.


The aim of this study is to evaluate tolerability to nabumetone and meloxicam in patients with NSAID intolerance.


Seventy patients intolerant to NSAIDs were selected. Thirty subjects were patients with asthma with respiratory (rhinitis-asthma) intolerance to NSAIDs (group A); 40 patients (group B) had cutaneous-mucous (urticaria-angioedema) NSAID intolerance. Diagnosis was based on clinical histories in all patients, and it was confirmed by positive single-blind placebo-controlled oral challenge test in 36 patients. After written informed consent, a single-blind placebo-controlled oral challenge test with nabumetone in all patients (2 g except for 11 patients who reached 1 g) and meloxicam (15 mg) in 51 patients was performed.


Of the total selected, 94.3% tolerated 1 g nabumetone. In those who reached the 2-g dose, the tolerability was 83.6%. With respect to meloxicam, 96.1% of patients, tolerated 15 mg. No significant difference in nabumetone and meloxicam tolerability was observed between groups A and B.


The results of this study confirm a high percentage of tolerability to the maximum therapeutic dosage of nabumetone and meloxicam in patients with NSAID intolerance, both in those with cutaneous/mucous manifestations and in those with respiratory disease.


Nabumetone and meloxicam are safe alternatives in NSAID-intolerant patients.

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