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DUFEX 75 MG/20 MG CAPSULE

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Composition FOR DUFEX

Diclofenac(75mg),Pantoprazole(20mg)

food interaction for DUFEX

alcohol interaction for DUFEX

pregnancy interaction for DUFEX

lactation interaction for DUFEX

food
alcohol
pregnancy
lactation
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Taking diclofenac with alcohol can increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
Taking a large amount of alcohol can increase acidity and cause acid reflux in the food pipe causing heartburn. This would decrease the effect of this drug and can aggravate your underlying condition.
UNSAFE
Dufex 75 mg/20 mg capsule is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
WEIGH RISKS VS. BENEFITS
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.

SALT INFORMATION FOR DUFEX

Diclofenac(75mg)

Uses

Diclofenac is used in fever, headache, arthralgia, myalgia, dental pain, post operative pain, pain during menstruation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout.

How it works

Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that cause fever, pain and inflammation (redness and swelling).

Common side effects

Pantoprazole(20mg)

Uses

Pantoprazole is used in the treatment of acidity, heartburn, intestinal ulcers and stomach ulcers.

How it works

Pantoprazole lowers the acid production in the stomach.

Common side effects

Nausea, Headache, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Flatulence

SUBSTITUTES FOR DUFEX

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Expert advice FOR DUFEX

  • Diclofenac should be taken with food or immediately after meals.
  • Take the medicine with food to avoid stomach upset.
  • Do not take antacids withh magnesium as they can interact with the drug.
  • Do not take diclofenac, If  you are allergic to diclofenac.
  • Do not drink alcohol while takig this drug.
  • Do not drive or use any tools or machines, if you feel dizzy, tired, have a headache or get blurred vision after taking diclofenac.

Frequently asked questions FOR DUFEX

Diclofenac

Q. Is diclofenac a painkiller?
Yes, diclofenac is a painkiller. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which is used for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, low back pain, migraine attacks, acute gout, ankylosing spondylitis, Control of pain and inflammation in orthopedic, dental and other minor surgery and other painful conditions of bone and muscles. However, it is a prescription drug and should only be taken as per the advice of the doctor.
Q. Is diclofenac safe in asthma?
Diclofenac may worsen the symptoms of asthma in some patients already suffering from asthma. Talk to your doctor before taking diclofenac if you are suffering from asthma or you have a history of asthma.
Q. Is diclofenac banned in India?
No, diclofenac is not banned in India. However, it is a prescription drug and should be taken only when advised by your doctor.
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Q. Is diclofenac a controlled substance?
Diclofenac is not a controlled substance as it does not have the potential for abuse or addiction.
Q. Does diclofenac increase blood pressure?
Diclofenac does not have any effect on blood pressure in normal individuals. However, it can decrease the effect of medicines which are being given for treatment of high blood pressure (antihypertensives). Please consult your doctor before taking diclofenac if you are already suffering from high blood pressure and you are taking medicines for its treatment.
Q. Is diclofenac nephrotoxic (harmful to kidney)?
Diclofenac can interfere with normal kidney function can cause kidney damage when taken at larger doses for a longer duration. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the dose and duration for which diclofenac should be taken.
Q. Can I take diclofenac for sore throat?
No, diclofenac is not indicated for sore throat. It is a pain-killer.
Q. Can I take diclofenac for period pain?
No, diclofenac is not indicated for dysmenorrhea (pain during menstruation). It is a pain-killer given to reduce pain associated with muscles and bone.
Q. Can I take diclofenac for a toothache?
Diclofenac can be taken for dental pain (toothache). However, please consult your doctor as there could be an underlying infection or other problem which needs to be diagnosed before starting the treatment.
Q. Can I take diclofenac for a headache?
Diclofenac can be taken for headache. However, it is important to know the cause of headache before starting the treatment especially if the frequency is very high. Please consult your doctor.
Q. Can I take diclofenac for back pain?
Diclofenac can be taken for back pain as it can be used for pain involving muscles and bone. However, it is important to know the cause of back pain before starting the treatment. Please consult your doctor.
Q. Can I take diclofenac for neck pain?
Diclofenac can be taken for neck pain if it is related to muscle and bones. However, it should be taken only when advised by your doctor.
Q. Can I take diclofenac for stomach pain?
Diclofenac is not indicated for stomach pain. It is mainly indicated for relieving musculoskeletal pain, consult a doctor if you have stomach pain, as it could be due to some underlying condition which needs to be diagnosed, before taking any medicine, including a painkiller.
Q. Can I take diclofenac for gout?
Diclofenac can be taken to reduce pain in gout, especially when there is acute gout (sudden painful condition). However, its usefulness in chronic gout is limited. Consult your doctor for the right treatment of gout as the medicines should be taken only after it is diagnosed by a doctor.
Q. Can I take diclofenac for sciatica?
Diclofenac is indicated for the relief of pain in low back pain and sciatica. However, you should consult a doctor before taking the drug.
Q. Can I take diclofenac for muscle pain?
Diclofenac can be taken for muscle pain as it helps in reducing pain. It is a prescription drug and should only be taken if when advised by a doctor.
Q. Is diclofenac safe in pregnancy?
Diclofenac can cause harmful effects during pregnancy and to the growth of the fetus (unborn child). It is not recommended to be used during pregnancy. Consult your doctor regarding the use of the drug during pregnancy as you may need to discontinue the medicine or stop breastfeeding.
Q. Is diclofenac safe?
Diclofenac is safe to use if taken in prescribed doses for a prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is diclofenac a sulfa drug?
No, diclofenac is not a sulfa drug. It a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Q. Is diclofenac safe during breastfeeding?
Diclofenac is known to be passed in the breast milk in small amounts. So, it should not be taken during breastfeeding. Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding and you have to take this medicine.
Q. Is diclofenac safe in diabetes?
Diclofenac is not known to affect blood sugar levels. However, in diabetics, the drug should be taken carefully as it can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases also. Consult your doctor before taking diclofenac if you are a diabetic and you have to take it for a long time.
Q. Does diclofenac reduce menstrual flow?
Diclofenac is not known to reduce menstrual flow. If you are experiencing any change in the menstrual flow after taking diclofenac, please consult your doctor.
Q. Does diclofenac reduce fever?
Yes, diclofenac can reduce fever. However, diclofenac in its analgesic (pain-relieving) dose is not indicated for fever. Please consult your doctor for the proper diagnosis and right treatment for your fever.
Q. Does diclofenac induce sleep?
Diclofenac in rare cases can cause somnolence (increased desire to sleep). If you experience any disturbance in your sleep pattern while taking diclofenac, please consult your doctor.
Q. Does diclofenac expire?
Yes, diclofenac like any other medicine expires. It is not recommended to use the drug after its expiry date. Please check the pack before using the medicine.
Q. Does diclofenac cause weight gain?
Diclofenac is not seen to cause weight gain. It can, however, rarely cause edema (swelling) due to fluid retention. If you experience any noticeable change in weight while taking the drug, consult your doctor.
Q. Does diclofenac have aspirin in it?
No, diclofenac does not contain aspirin. They are different medicines belonging to the same class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Q. Does diclofenac contain paracetamol?
No, diclofenac does not contain paracetamol. They are different medicines belonging to the same class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Q. Does diclofenac contain ibuprofen?
No, diclofenac does not contain ibuprofen. They are different medicines belonging to the same class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Q. Does diclofenac cause constipation?
Constipation is a very rare side effect with diclofenac. If you experience constipation while taking diclofenac, please consult your doctor.
Q. Can I take diclofenac with etoricoxib?
Both diclofenac and etoricoxib are the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) and can be given together. No interactions have been reported between the two. However, there are interactions reported between diclofenac and other NSAIDs. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take diclofenac with paracetamol?
Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and when given along with other NSAIDs like paracetamol, it can increase the risk of stomach bleeding and ulceration. Consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take diclofenac with naproxen?
Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and when given along with other NSAIDs like naproxen, it can increase the risk of stomach bleeding and ulceration. Consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take diclofenac with ibuprofen?
Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and when given along with other NSAIDs like ibuprofen, it can increase the risk of stomach bleeding and ulceration. Consult your doctor before taking both the drugs together.
Q. Can I take diclofenac with hydrocodone?
No interactions have been clinically observed between diclofenac and hydrocodone. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking both the medications together.
Q. Can I take diclofenac with amoxicillin?
Diclofenac and amoxicillin are not known to have any clinically meaningful interactions when taken together. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking both the medications together.
Q. Can I take diclofenac with meloxicam?
Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and when given along with other NSAIDs like meloxicam, it can increase the risk of stomach bleeding and ulceration. Consult your doctor before taking both the drugs together.

Pantoprazole

Q. What is pantoprazole used for?
Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) which is used for the treatment of conditions like heartburn, acid regurgitation, and stomach ulcers.
Q. Is pantoprazole an antacid?
No, pantoprazole is not an antacid, it belongs to a therapeutic group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. It acts by decreasing acid secretion in the stomach while antacids neutralize the acid in the stomach and coat the stomach mucosa.
Q. Is pantoprazole safe?
Pantoprazole is relatively safe if taken in prescribed dose for prescribed duration as advised by your doctor
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Q. Is pantoprazole gluten free?
Yes. Pantoprazole is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use.
Q. Is pantoprazole safe for long-term use?
Various studies have shown that pantoprazole is generally safe in long-term use. However, conditions like hypomagnesemia and bone fractures are associated with long-term use of the drug. Consult with your doctor before prolonged use of the drug.
Q. Is pantoprazole the same as rabeprazole?
Pantoprazole belongs to the same group of drugs as rabeprazole called proton pump inhibitors. They work by the same mechanism of action and have similar side effects, however, the effects could be different in different individuals.
Q. Is pantoprazole safe while breastfeeding?
Pantoprazole is known to be excreted in breast milk. So, the decision to continue the medicine while breastfeeding should be taken by the doctor as the benefits should be more than the risk of stopping the medicine. Please consult your doctor.
Q. Is pantoprazole safe in pregnancy?
There is not enough data establishing the safety of both pantoprazole in pregnancy. It should only be used if the clinical benefits are more than the risks and only if it is recommended by your doctor.
Q. Is pantoprazole a painkiller?
No, pantoprazole is not a painkiller. It is a proton pump inhibitor which is used for the treatment of conditions like heartburn, acid regurgitation, and stomach ulcers.
Q. Is pantoprazole a proton pump inhibitor (PPI)?
Yes, pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) which inhibits the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Q. Is pantoprazole stronger than omeprazole?
Available studies suggest that pantoprazole and omeprazole have a similar effect with regard to decreasing the acid secretion in the stomach. There was also no significant difference between pantoprazole and omeprazole in their ulcer healing property.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole forever?
Pantoprazole should not be taken for a long time unless there is an indication for the medicine. Though generally safe, certain conditions like low magnesium levels and fractures are associated with long-term use. Consult your doctor before continuing the drug for a long time as you may need to get some tests done on a regular basis.
Q. How long can I take pantoprazole for?
The duration of pantoprazole therapy depends on the disease for which it is taken. Please take the medicine for the duration as advised by your doctor. Always consult your doctor if using pantoprazole for a long term.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole with ondansetron?
No relevant interactions have been reported between pantoprazole and ondansetron. Consult your doctor before taking them together.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole with food?
Taking pantoprazole with food may delay its absorption (time to reach blood). But the bioavailability (amount of medicine which reaches the blood) of pantoprazole is not altered by taking it with food.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole with azithromycin?
No clinically relevant interactions have been reported between pantoprazole and azithromycin so far. Consult your doctor before taking these drugs together.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole with Ibuprofen?
There are no interactions reported between pantoprazole and ibuprofen when used together. However, you must consult your doctor before taking them together.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole with ranitidine?
Both pantoprazole and ranitidine work by lowering the acid secretion in the stomach for stomach ulcers and heartburn. There are no interactions reported between ranitidine and pantoprazole if used together. However, studies have also shown no additional benefit in using ranitidine along with pantoprazole. Please Consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole with amoxicillin?
No clinically relevant interaction has been reported between pantoprazole and amoxicillin. Please check with your doctor before taking these medicines together.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole with antibiotics?
Various studies comparing the use of pantoprazole while the patients were also taking different antibiotics revealed no clinically relevant interactions. However, always consult your doctor before taking pantoprazole along with antibiotics.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole with levothyroxine?
Absorption (time to reach blood) of levothyroxine may be delayed if it is taken with pantoprazole. Consult your doctor before taking both the medicines together.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole with other medications?
Pantoprazole can generally be taken safely with other drugs. But there are certain medications like anti-HIV drugs and anticoagulants which can have interaction with pantoprazole and thus should not be combined or should be closely monitored when given together. Please consult your doctor if you need to take pantoprazole with other medications.
Q. Can I take pantoprazole with ciprofloxacin?
There are no interactions reported between pantoprazole and ciprofloxacin. However, this does not mean interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Does pantoprazole cause hair loss?
Hair loss has not been reported with the use of pantoprazole. If you experience excessive hair loss while taking pantoprazole, please consult your doctor.
Q. Does pantoprazole work immediately?
Pantoprazole capsules, when taken orally, will take some time to get absorbed and to produce an effect. The absorption is faster if taken on an empty stomach and is delayed when taken along with food.
Q. Does pantoprazole cause constipation?
Both diarrhea and constipation have been reported as a common side effects of pantoprazole in children and in adults. Consult your doctor if you experience intolerable side effects while taking pantoprazole.
Q. Does pantoprazole cause weight gain?
Change in weight has been associated with pantoprazole. Consult your doctor if you have weight gain or weight loss during pantoprazole use.
Q. Does pantoprazole cause dry mouth?
Dry mouth has been reported as a side effect with pantoprazole. Kindly consult your doctor if you have this problem while taking pantoprazole.
Q. Does pantoprazole cause gas?
Flatulence (gas), abdominal distension, and bloating (fullness) have been associated with pantoprazole use. Consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
Q. Does pantoprazole cause dementia?
Dementia has not been reported with pantoprazole use. Consult your doctor if you have any symptoms of dementia.
Q. Does pantoprazole cause diarrhea?
Diarrhea is one of the most commonly occurring side effects with the use of pantoprazole. Do consult your doctor if you have any such symptom.
Q. Does pantoprazole expire?
Yes, like any other medicine, pantoprazole has an expiry date. Please check the expiry date mentioned on the pack before taking the medicine.
Q. Does pantoprazole contain aluminum or magnesium?
Pantoprazole does not commonly contain aluminum or magnesium as an excipient (additional substance) or as a coating. Please read the package insert available with the medicine for further information.

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Content on this page was last updated on 08 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)