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Takeda Products Ireland Ltd

First Floor, 3013 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 642 0021
Fax: +353 1 642 0020
WWW: http://www.takeda.ie
Medical Information Direct Line: 1800 937970
Medical Information e-mail: medinfo@takeda.co.uk
Medical Information Facsimile: +44 (0)1628 526 617

Patient Information Leaflet last updated on medicines.ie: 13/10/2014
XPIL Xefo Rapid 8 mg Film-coated Tablets


Xefo Rapid 8 mg film-coated tablets


Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
  • If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:

1. What Xefo Rapid is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Xefo Rapid
3. How to take Xefo Rapid
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Xefo Rapid
6. Further information

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Xefo Rapid is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and antirheumatic drug (NSAID) of the oxicam class. It is intended for short term treatment of acute mild to moderate pain.

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Do not take Xefo Rapid

  • if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to lornoxicam or any of the other ingredients of Xefo Rapid 8 mg film-coated tablets;
  • if you are taking other NSAIDs such as acetylsalicylic acid (for instance, aspirin); ibuprofen and COX-2 inhibitors;
  • if you are hypersensitive to other NSAIDs including acetylsalicylic acid (for instance, aspirin);
  • if you suffer from thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count which increases risk of bleeding or bruising);
  • if you suffer from severe heart failure;
  • if you suffer from gastrointestinal bleeding, rupture and bleeding of a blood vessel in the brain, or other bleeding disorders;
  • if you have a history of gastrointestinal bleeding or perforation, related to previous therapy with NSAIDs;
  • if you suffer from an active peptic ulcer or have a history of recurrent peptic ulcer;
  • if you suffer from severe liver impairment;
  • if you suffer from severe kidney impairment;
  • if you are in the last three months of your pregnancy.

Take special care with Xefo Rapid

  • if you have impaired kidney function;
  • if you have a history of high blood pressure and⁄or heart failure;
  • if you suffer from ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease;
  • if you have a history of bleeding tendency;
  • if you have a history of asthma;
  • if you suffer from SLE (lupus erythematosus, a rare immunological disease).

Your doctor may have to monitor you by laboratory tests on a frequent basis if

  • you suffer from blood coagulation disorder,
  • you suffer from impaired liver function,
  • you are elderly,
  • or you will be treated with Xefo Rapid for more than 3 months.

You should inform your doctor if you are going to be treated with heparin or tacrolimus, while taking at the same time Xefo Rapid.

If you experience any unusual abdominal symptoms such as abdominal bleeding, skin reactions such as skin rash, damage to the internal lining of the nostrils, mouth, eyelids, ears, genitals or anus, or other signs of hypersensitivity, you should stop taking Xefo Rapid and contact your doctor immediately.

Medicines such as Xefo Rapid may be associated with a small increase of the risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction) or stroke. Any risk is more likely with high doses and prolonged treatment. Do not exceed the recommended dose or the duration of treatment.

You should discuss your treatment with your doctor or pharmacist if

  • you have heart problems,
  • you had previously a stroke,
  • or you think that you might be at risk of developing these conditions (for example, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, or you are a smoker).

Avoid using Xefo Rapid during varicella (chickenpox) infections.

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Do not take Xefo Rapid if you are taking other NSAIDs such as acetylsalicylic acid (for instance, aspirin), ibuprofen and COX-2 inhibitors. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are uncertain.

Xefo Rapid may interfere with other medicines. Be particularly careful if you are taking any of the following:

  • Cimetidine - used in the treatment of heartburn and peptic ulcers;
  • Anticoagulants, such as heparin or phenprocoumon - used to prevent the formation of blood clots;
  • Corticosteroids;
  • Methotrexate - used in treatment of cancer and immunological diseases;
  • Lithium;
  • Immunosuppresive agents, such as ciclosporine or tacrolimus;
  • Heart medicines, such as digoxin, ACE-inhibitors, beta-adrenergic blockers;
  • Diuretics;
  • Quinolone antibiotics;
  • Anti-platelet agents - medicines used to prevent heart attacks and strokes;
  • SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) – used in the treatment of depression;
  • Sulphonylureas, for instance glibenclamide - used in the management of diabetes;
  • Inducers and inhibitors of CYP2C9-isoenzymes (such as the antibiotic rifampicin or the antifungal medicine fluconazole), as they might have an effect on the way in which your body breaks down Xefo Rapid;
  • Angiotensin II receptor blocker - used to treat high blood pressure, kidney damage due to diabetes and congestive heart failure;
  • Pemetrexed - used to treat some forms of lung cancer.

Taking Xefo Rapid with food and drink

Xefo Rapid film-coated tablets are intended for oral use. Take this medicine before meals with a sufficient amount of liquid.

Taking this medicine with food is not recommended because this may reduce its effectiveness.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.


Using Xefo Rapid may impair fertility and is not recommended for women attempting to become pregnant. Women who have difficulties becoming pregnant, or who are undergoing investigation of infertility, should consult with a doctor and consider stopping treatment with Xefo Rapid.


During the first 6 months of pregnancy treatment with Xefo Rapid is not recommended, unless explicitly advised by your doctor.

You must not take Xefo Rapid during the last three months of your pregnancy.


If you are breastfeeding treatment with Xefo Rapid is not recommended, unless explicitly advised by your doctor.

Driving and using machines

Xefo Rapid has negligible or no influence on the ability to drive or use machinery.

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Always take Xefo Rapid exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

The usual dose for adults is 8-16 mg divided in doses of 8 mg: 8 mg taken twice a day or 16 mg taken once a day.

On the first day you take Xefo Rapid the dose can be 16 mg followed by 8 mg 12 hours later.

After the first day do not take more than 16 mg a day.

Xefo Rapid tablets must be swallowed with sufficient amounts of liquid. Do not take Xefo Rapid with a meal, as food can reduce the effectiveness of Xefo Rapid.

Xefo Rapid is not recommended for children and adolescents below 18 years old, due to lack of data.

If you take more Xefo Rapid than you should

Please contact your doctor or the pharmacist if you have taken more Xefo Rapid than prescribed.

In case of an overdose, you may expect the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, symptoms associated with central nervous system (such as dizziness or disturbances in vision).

If you forget to take Xefo Rapid

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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Like all medicines, Xefo Rapid can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Medicines such as Xefo Rapid may be associated with a small increase in the risk of heart attack or stroke.

If you experience any unusual abdominal symptoms such as abdominal bleeding, skin reactions such as skin rash, damage to the internal lining of the nostrils, mouth, eyelids, ears, genitals or anus, or other signs of hypersensitivity, you should stop taking Xefo and contact your doctor immediately.

If you get any of the following side effects, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor immediately, or contact the emergency department at your nearest hospital:

  • shortness of breath, chest pains, or ankle swelling appear or get worse;
  • severe or continuous stomach pain or your stools become black;
  • yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) – these are signs of liver problems;
  • an allergic reaction - which can include skin problems such as ulcers or blistering, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat which may cause difficulty in breathing;
  • fever, blistering eruption or inflammation especially on hands and feet or in the mouth area (Stevens-Johnson syndrome);
  • exceptionally, serious infections of the skin in case of varicella (chickenpox).

Undesirable effects associated with using Xefo Rapid are given below.

Common side effects (affect 1 to 10 users in 100)

  • mild and passing headache and dizziness,
  • nausea, abdominal pain, upset stomach, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Uncommon side effects (affect 1 to 10 users in 1,000)

  • weight loss (anorexia), inability to sleep, depression;
  • eye discharges (conjunctivitis);
  • feeling dizzy, ringing in the ears (tinnitus);
  • cardiac failure, irregular heartbeat, rapid heart rate, feeling blushed;
  • constipation, excessive wind (flatulence), belching, dry mouth, gastritis, peptic ulcer, upper abdominal pain, duodenal ulcer, mouth ulcers;
  • increase in liver function tests (as seen from blood tests) and feeling unwell (malaise);
  • rash, itching, increased sweating, redness of the skin (erythema), angiooedema (rapid swelling of the deeper layers of skin, usually of the face), hives (urticaria), oedema, stuffy nose as a result of an allergy (rhinitis);
  • hair loss;
  • arthralgia (pain in the joints).

Rare side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)

  • sore throat;
  • anaemia, reduction in the blood cell count (thrombocytopenia and leukopenia), weakness;
  • hypersensitivity, anaphylactoid reaction and anaphylaxis (organism reaction characterized usually by face swelling, flushing, difficulties breathing and lightheadedness);
  • confusion, nervousness, agitation, feeling sleepy (somnolence), paraesthesia (tingling sensations), abnormal sense of taste, tremor, migraine, visual disturbances;
  • elevated blood pressure, hot flush;
  • bleeding, haematoma (bruising), prolonged bleeding time;
  • difficulty in breathing (dyspnoea), cough, bronchospasm;
  • perforated ulcer, vomiting of blood, gastrointestinal bleeding, black tarry stools;
  • inflammation in the mouth, oesophagitis (inflammation of the gullet), gastro-oesophageal reflux, difficulty in swallowing, aphthous stomatitis (ulcers), inflammation of the tongue,
  • abnormal liver function;
  • skin problems, such as eczema, rash;
  • bone pain, muscle cramp, muscle pain;
  • urinary problems, such as the need to wake up and urinate during the night (nocturnia) or an increase in the levels of urea and creatinine in the blood.

Very rare side effects (affect less than 1 user in 10,000)

  • liver damage, hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), jaundice, cholestasis (interrupted flow of bile from the liver);
  • bruising, oedema, severe skin disorder (Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Toxic epidermal necrolysis);
  • aseptic meningitis;
  • NSAID class effects: neutropenia, agranulocytosis, aplastic anaemia, hemolytic anaemia, kidney toxicity.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via

HPRA Pharmacovigilance
Earlsfort Terrace
IRL - Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 6764971
Fax: +353 1 6762517
Website: www.hpra.ie
E-mail: medsafety@hpra.ie

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

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Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Do not store above 30°C.

Do not use Xefo after the expiry date which is stated on the carton or on the bottle after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

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What Xefo Rapid contains

  • The active substance is lornoxicam
  • One film-coated tablet contains 8 mg lornoxicam
  • The other ingredients are: Cellulose, microcrystalline, Sodium hydrogen carbonate, Calcium hydrogen phosphate, anhydrous, Low substituted hydroxypropylcellulose, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Calcium stearate (in the core);
    Titanium dioxide (E171), Talc, Propylene glycol, Hypromellose (in the film);

What Xefo Rapid looks like and contents of the pack

Xefo Rapid 8 mg film-coated tablet is a white to yellowish round biconvex film-coated tablet.

Xefo Rapid is distributed in pack sizes of 6, 10, 20, 30, 50, 100 and 250 film-coated tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Takeda UK Limited
Building 3
Glory Park
Glory Park Avenue
Wooburn Green
HP10 0DF


Takeda GmbH
Plant Oranienburg
Lehnizstrassee 70-98
DE-16515 Oranienburg

This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following names:


Austria Xefo Rapid 8 mg - Filmtabletten

Belgium Xefo Acute 8mg filmomhulde tabletten

Bulgaria Ксефо Рапид

Czech Republic Xefo Rapid 8 mg

Denmark Xefo Rapid

Estonia Xefo Rapid

France Xefoacu

Greece Xefo Rapid

Hungary Xefo Rapid 8 mg filmtabletta

Ireland Xefo Rapid


Lithuania Xefo Rapid 8 mg pėvele dengtos tabletės

Latvia Xefo Rapid 8 mg apvalkotā tablete

Luxembourg Xefo Acute 8 mg comprimés enrobés

Poland Xefo Rapid

Portugal Acabel Rapid

Romania Xefo Rapid 8 mg

The Netherlands Xefo Rapid

Slovakia Xefo Rapid filmom obalené tablety 8 mg

Slovenia Xefo Rapid 8 mg filmsko obložene tablete

Spain Acabel Rapid 8 mg c omprimidos recubiertos con película

Sweden Xefo Akut

United Kingdom Xefo Rapid 8 mg tablets

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This leaflet was last approved in 09/2014.

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