TAMFIL CAPSULE

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Medicine Overview of TAMFIL CAPSULE

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Uses of Tamsulosin

Tamsulosin is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
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Side effects of Tamsulosin

Common

Dizziness, Ejaculation disorder.

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How to use Tamsulosin

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. It is better to take Tamfil capsule with food.

How TAMFIL CAPSULE works

Tamsulosin relaxes the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland which helps in easy passage of urine and also decreases the urge to urinate again and again.
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Uses of Diclofenac

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

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Abdominal pain, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Epigastric pain, Flatulence, Nausea, Vomiting, Indigestion.

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How to use Diclofenac

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. It is better to take Tamfil capsule with food.

How TAMFIL CAPSULE 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).

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Expert advice for Tamsulosin

  • Tamsulosin helps in relieving only the symptoms of enlarged prostate. It doesn't decrease the size of the prostate.
  • It may take 2 to 4 weeks before you experience complete relief in your symptoms. Tell your doctor if there is no improvement after 4 weeks.
  • Don't stop taking Tamsulosin suddenly. Talk to your doctor first.
  • Avoid standing up suddenly from sitting or lying position as you may feel dizzy, lightheaded, and fainting may occur. Tamsulosin is best taken at bedtime to avoid these problems.
  • Tamsulosin can make you feel dizzy for the first few days. Take special precaution if you have to drive, use machines or do any activity that needs alertness.
  • Inform your doctor that you are taking this medicine before undergoing any surgery like cataract surgery.
  • Inform your doctor if you have an underlying kidney or liver disease.
  • Tamsulosin is not meant to be used by women

Expert advice for Diclofenac

  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
  • It should be taken with food or milk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • It can cause serious complications like stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long time.
  • Diclofenac can raise a risk of blood clots, heart attack, or a stroke.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
Warnings
Special precautions for TAMFIL CAPSULE
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Alcohol
CAUTION
Taking tamsulosin with alcohol may lower your blood pressure. This can cause dizziness or feeling like you might pass out, especially when getting up from a sitting or lying position.

Taking diclofenac with alcohol can increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
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Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Tamfil 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.
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Lactation
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
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Driving
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It may cause dizziness. Exercise caution if you have to drive or operate a machinery.

Patients should not drive or operate machinery if they get affected symptoms like dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, visual disturbances.
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No dose adjustment is needed for patients with the mild to m
oderate renal disease.Not advisable in patients with the severe renal disease.
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No dose adjustment is needed for patients with the mild to m
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Patient Concerns

Frequently asked questions for TAMFIL CAPSULE

Frequently asked questions for Tamsulosin

Q. Can I take Tamsulosin in the morning?
Tamsulosin can be taken after any meal of the day but after the same meal every day. It should be taken half an hour after food.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with terazosin?
No, Tamsulosin should not be taken with terazosin. Taking them together can cause a severe fall in blood pressure.
Q. How to use Tamsulosin with a catheter?
Tamsulosin can be given to a patient with a catheter in place and can continue even after removal of the catheter. Clinical studies have shown beneficial results of using Tamsulosin in patients catheterised for acute urinary retention caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). These patients could pass urine more easily after catheter removal with a lesser need for re-catheterisation.
Q. Is Tamsulosin an anticholinergic?
Tamsulosin is not an anticholinergic medicine. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Is Tamsulosin same as solifenacin?
No, Tamsulosin is not same as solifenacin. Both belong to different classes of drugs. Tamsulosin is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia whereas solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder.
Q. Does Tamsulosin cause ejaculation problems?
Retrograde ejaculation (semen does not leave the body, instead goes into the bladder) and ejaculation failure (reduced or absent ejaculation volume) are common problems associated with the use of Tamsulosin, but this is harmless and more commonly seen at higher doses. Priapism (painful erection) is also a rare and serious side effect associated with its use.
Q. Is Tamsulosin a steroid?
Tamsulosin is not a steroid. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with deflazacort?
Yes, Tamsulosin can be taken with deflazacort. No harmful effects or any other interactions have been reported when they are used together.
Q. Does Tamsulosin lower prostate specific antigen (PSA)?
Lowering of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) has not been seen with Tamsulosin. However, the effect may vary with the individual taking the medicine. You may need to get prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels checked at regular intervals. If there are any changes in the PSA levels during therapy, consult your doctor.
Q. Does Tamsulosin cause hair loss?
Tamsulosin is not known to cause hair loss. If you notice excessive hair loss during the therapy, consult your doctor.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin twice a day?
No, Tamsulosin is not to be taken twice a day. It should be taken once daily preferably after food.
Q. Is Tamsulosin available over the counter?
Tamsulosin is not an over the counter medicine. It belongs to a class of prescription medicines.
Q. Does Tamsulosin raise blood sugar?
Tamsulosin use is not reported to raise your blood sugar levels. If you notice any change in the blood sugar levels while taking it, consult your doctor as this could be due to some condition which needs attention.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with tadalafil?
You need to take special precaution when taking Tamsulosin with tadalafil. Both are known to decrease blood pressure and can cause orthostatic hypotension (fall in blood pressure when standing from a sitting or lying down position). When taken together they can cause a severe fall in blood pressure which can be harmful.
Q. Does Tamsulosin cause weight gain?
Weight gain has not been reported as a side effect with Tamsulosin. Please consult your doctor in case you experience changes in weight while taking Tamsulosin.
Q. Does Tamsulosin cause dry mouth?
Tamsulosin use is not known to cause dry mouth.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with doxazosin?
No, Tamsulosin should not be taken along with doxazosin. Both the medicines decrease blood pressure and taking them together can cause a severe fall in blood pressure.
Q. Does Tamsulosin effect blood pressure?
Tamsulosin can reduce the blood pressure but not very significantly. However, it is also reported to cause postural hypotension (fall in blood pressure when you stand suddenly). Consult your doctor if you have these symptoms as the dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with finasteride?
Yes, Tamsulosin can be taken with finasteride. This combination is safe, well tolerated and works well in decreasing the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Tamsulosin relaxes the bladder muscles which helps in free passage of urine and provides immediate relief and finasteride decreases the size of the prostate and provides a long-term relief in symptoms.
Q. Does Tamsulosin help in erectile dysfunction?
Tamsulosin is not indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Please consult your doctor if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction for its right treatment.
Q. When does Tamsulosin start to work?
An improvement in urine flow can be seen in 4 to 8 hours after taking Tamsulosin. However, it may take 2 to 4 weeks for the full effect to come.
Q. Is Tamsulosin a diuretic?
No,Tamsulosin is not a diuretic. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with sildenafil?
Special caution needs to be taken when Tamsulosin is taken along with sildenafil. Both are known to decrease blood pressure and can also cause orthostatic hypotension (fall in blood pressure when standing from a sitting position). So, when taken together they can cause a severe fall in blood pressure which can be harmful.
Q. Is Tamsulosin an antibiotic?
Tamsulosin is not an antibiotic. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with ibuprofen or paracetamol?
Tamsulosin can be taken with ibuprofen or paracetamol. No harmful side effects or other interactions have been seen when they are taken together.
Q. Can I use Tamsulosin with oxybutynin?
Tamsulosin can be taken with oxybutynin. Tamsulosin is given along when oxybutynin alone fails to control symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Oxybutynin helps in providing relief from symptoms of overactive bladder (urinary incontinence, urgency, and frequency).
Q. Is Tamsulosin better than silodosin?
Tamsulosin and silodosin belong to the same class of drugs and are equally good in relieving the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. However, Tamsulosin commonly causes postural hypotension and dose reduction is not needed in renal disease patients whereas silodosin more commonly causes retrograde ejaculation and its dose may need to be decreased in patients with renal disease.
Q. Is there any relation between Tamsulosin and cancer?
Tamsulosin itself is not known to cause any cancers. It is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which can co-exist with prostate cancer. So, screening for prostate cancer should be done before and after starting the therapy
Q. Is Tamsulosin a sulfa drug?
Tamsulosin contains sulfur molecule in its structure. Patients with a sulfa allergy should report it to the doctor prior to therapy with Tamsulosin. However, allergic reaction due to the drug has only been rarely reported.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with ciprofloxacin?
Tamsulosin and ciprofloxacin are not known to have any clinically relevant drug interactions. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking both the medicines together.
Q. How does Tamsulosin help in removal of kidney stones?
Tamsulosin helps in removal of kidney stones which are in the distal ureter. It works by relaxing the muscles of the urinary tract which causes an easy removal of the stones. It does not break the kidney stones. Use of Tamsulosin also decreases the need for painkillers.
Q. Is Tamsulosin a beta blocker?
Tamsulosin is not a beta blocker. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with pseudoephedrine?
Tamsulosin and pseudoephedrine are not known to have any meaningful interactions. However, they act by opposite mechanisms and produce opposite effects and hence you should consult your doctor before taking these medicines together because one can decrease the effect of the other.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin if I have tachycardia?
Tamsulosin in itself can cause a rise in heart rate (tachycardia) as it causes a fall in blood pressure. So, although, Tamsulosin is not contraindicated if you have tachycardia, you should be very careful while taking this medicine.
Q. Is Tamsulosin a blood thinner?
Tamsulosin is not a blood-thinner. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with aspirin?
Tamsulosin and aspirin are not known to have any clinically relevant drug interactions. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking both the medicines together.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with vitamin D?
Yes, Tamsulosin can be taken with vitamin D. No harmful effects or any interactions have been reported when these are used together.
Q. Is Tamsulosin a narcotic?
Tamsulosin is not a narcotic substance. It is an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. When should I stop taking Tamsulosin?
Do not stop taking Tamsulosin until you are asked by your doctor to do so. Continue taking it, even if you are feeling good. Tamsulosin needs to be stopped temporarily if you are undergoing any eye surgery like a cataract.
Q. Is Tamsulosin an alpha blocker?
Yes, Tamsulosin is an alpha blocker. It is a specific alpha1-adrenergic receptor blocker and is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Q. Can I take Tamsulosin with dutasteride?
Yes, Tamsulosin can be taken with dutasteride. This combination is safe, well tolerated and works well in decreasing the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Tamsulosin relaxes the bladder muscles and provides immediate relief by helping in free passage of urine and dutasteride decreases the size of the prostate and provides a long-term relief in symptoms.
Q. Why should I take Tamsulosin with food?
It is suggested to take Tamsulosin approximately half to one hour after food intake. It should not be taken empty stomach as there could be increased chances of postural hypotension and the presence of food can decrease its absorption.
Q. Who cannot take Tamsulosin?
Tamsulosin is contraindicated in patients with a history of allergy to Tamsulosin, history of postural hypotension (fall in blood pressure when getting up from sitting or lying down position) or severe liver disorders.
Q. Why take Tamsulosin at bedtime?
Tamsulosin causes peripheral blood vessel dilatation and pooling of blood in extremities leading to a fall in blood pressure on the sudden change in posture from lying down to sitting or standing. The patient experiences dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, spinning sensation, and vertigo. This can be prevented if the patient remains in the lying down position for a long time. So, it is preferred to take Tamsulosin at bedtime especially when therapy is initiated.
Q. Why does Tamsulosin cause dizziness?
Tamsulosin causes peripheral blood vessel dilatation and pooling of blood in extremities causing fall in blood pressure on the sudden change in posture from lying down to sitting or standing. This makes patient experiences dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, spinning sensation, and vertigo.
Q. Can Tamsulosin be crushed?
Tamsulosin is usually available as a capsule and it should not be crushed, chewed or opened.
Q. For how long can Tamsulosin be taken?
Tamsulosin can be taken till the symptoms are under control. Some clinical studies have used Tamsulosin for as long as 6 years.
Q. Is Tamsulosin better than alfuzosin?
Tamsulosin and alfuzosin belong to the same class of drugs and are equally good in relieving the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. However, tamsulosin is seen to cause more ejaculatory problems like retrograde ejaculation and anejaculation and has more chances of causing floppy iris syndrome which can affect the clinical outcomes in cataract surgery.
Q. Can I use Tamsulosin with antibiotics?
Tamsulosin should not be used with ketoconazole which is an antifungal as it can increase the levels of Tamsulosin and cause a fall in blood pressure. It is not known to have any significant interactions with other antibiotics.
Q. Why should I stop taking Tamsulosin before my cataract surgery?
Tamsulosin can cause floppy eye syndrome in which the muscles of the iris become floppy and the pupil constricts unexpectedly during cataract surgery. So, when the eye surgeon actually needs a dilated pupil, it will constrict and restrict the field of surgery and can affect the surgical outcomes.
Q. Why does Tamsulosin cause stuffy nose?
Tamsulosin relaxes the smooth muscles of the blood vessels and this vasodilation of the blood vessels can cause a stuffy nose.
Q. Is Tamsulosin an anti-inflammatory medicine?
Tamsulosin is not an anti-inflammatory medicine. It is an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker, used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It relaxes the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland which helps in easy passage of urine and also decreases the urge to urinate again and again.
Q. Is Tamsulosin a hormone?
Tamsulosin is not a hormone. It is an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker, used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia by relaxing the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland.
Q. Is tamsulosin a nitrate?
Tamsulosin is not a nitrate. It is an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker, used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia by relaxing the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland.
Q. Is tamsulosin a statin drug?
Tamsulosin is not a statin drug. It is an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker, used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia by relaxing the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland.
Q. When does Tamsulosin expire?
Yes, like any other medicine, Tamsulosin has an expiry date. Please check the expiry date mentioned on the pack before taking the medicine.
Q. Is tamsulosin a painkiller?
Tamsulosin is not a pain killer. It is an alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker, used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia by relaxing the muscles around the bladder exit and prostate gland. However, Tamsulosin decreases the need for painkillers in a specific condition like kidney stones.
Q. Is tamsulosin a safe drug?
Tamsulosin is safe if used for a prescribed duration in doses as prescribed by your physician. However, there are some very common side effects that you can experience with the dose advised, like a headache, nausea, and dyspepsia.
Q. Is Tamsulosin a controlled substance?
Tamsulosin is not a controlled substance. It's a prescription medicine and is available on providing a valid prescription by a doctor.
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Frequently asked questions for Diclofenac

Q. What is the difference between Diclofenac and naproxen?
In research studies, naproxen has been found to have lesser cardiovascular events like stroke and heart attack than Diclofenac. Another key variations naproxen may be more likely to be recommended for the treatment of inflammatory conditions in young patients as compared to Diclofenac.
Q. What is the difference between Diclofenac and ketoprofen?
Although both these agents are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), there is a subtle difference in the way they act. Ketoprofen blocks the Cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzyme without any preference for blocking of any one of this enzyme subtypes. Diclofenac has the preference to block COX-2 subtype of Cyclooxygenase enzyme. Blocking of COX reduces prostaglandins (chemicals naturally produced by the body that is responsible for pain and inflammation).
Q. Can Diclofenac be used along with warfarin?
No. Using Diclofenac together with warfarin can increase the risk of serious bleeding from the stomach (Higher than users of either drug alone). Inform your doctor before starting these medications.
Q. Are Diclofenac and ibuprofen same?
No. Diclofenac and Ibuprofen are different medicines but they both belong to the same class of drugs i.e. Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Both are commonly used as painkillers.
Q. Is Diclofenac a painkiller?
Yes. Diclofenac is a pain killer. In fact, it belongs to the class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is commonly used for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis.
Q. Is Diclofenac a narcotic?
No. Diclofenac is not a narcotic. Narcotics are drugs with sleep inducing properties, usual derivatives of Opium like Heroin and Morphine.
Q. Can I use Diclofenac along with vitamins?
Yes. There is no known interaction between Diclofenac and Vitamins.
Q. Can Diclofenac be used for the treatment of hepatitis?
No. Diclofenac is not approved for the treatment of hepatitis. Hepatitis is a condition where the liver is inflamed. Diclofenac can, in fact, cause harm to the liver as a side effect.
Q. Can Diclofenac be used after C-section?
Yes. Diclofenac is a pain killer. C-section is the short name for Cesarean Section which is an operative procedure to deliver the baby through the mother's abdomen and uterus. Diclofenac can be used to treat the pain that may occur after the operation.
Q. What is the difference between Diclofenac and baclofen?
Diclofenac is a pain killer. It belongs to the class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is commonly used for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis. Baclofen is a depressant of the nervous system, used to relax the muscles and also used in to reduce pain. Baclofen is used for the treatment of spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis.
Q. What is the difference between Diclofenac and lidocaine?
Diclofenac is a pain killer. It belongs to the class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is commonly used for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis. Lidocaine (also known as xylocaine and lignocaine) is a medication primarily used to numb tissue in a specific area before any surgical procedure and is also used to treat ventricular tachycardia (a condition where the beating rhythm of the heart gets disturbed.
Q. What is the Cmax of Diclofenac?
Cmax of Diclofenac (50 mg) is 3.9 µmol/l.
Q. Which is the best choice between Diclofenac and aceclofenac?
The researcher has proved that aceclofenac is a better alternative to Diclofenac with fewer side effects, especially in the treatment of osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. Both Aceclofenac and Diclofenac are NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) and used as painkillers.
Q. What is Diclofenac SR?
Diclofenac SR refers to the 'Sustained Release' preparation of Diclofenac. Sustained release preparations are designed to release Diclofenac at a known rate in order to maintain a constant drug concentration for a specific period of time with minimum side effects. This decreases the number of tablets you need to swallow with almost similar benefits.
Q. What is the half-life of Diclofenac?
The half-life of Diclofenac is 1-2 hours. This is the time required for the concentration or amount of drug in the body to be reduced by one-half.
Q. Which is the best choice between Diclofenac and ibuprofen for back pain?
Both Diclofenac and Ibuprofen can be used for back pain.
Q. Which is the best choice between Diclofenac and ibuprofen for a toothache?
Both Diclofenac and Ibuprofen can be used for toothache. Currently, there are not many studies which can identify the best treatment between the these two agents. However according to one study, a combination of Diclofenac with paracetamol has been found to be better then a combination of Ibuprofen and paracetamol.
Q. What is the difference between Diclofenac and meloxicam?
Meloxicam has been found to have fewer gastrointestinal side effects than Diclofenac and its use is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke.
Q. Can I take Diclofenac along with misoprostol?
Yes. It can be taken together. Misoprostol protects the stomach from irritating gastric effects of Diclofenac. The combination of medication is used to treat arthritis in patients at high risk of getting stomach/intestinal ulcers and complications from the ulcers (such as bleeding).
Q. Can I take Diclofenac along with vitamins?
Yes. There is no known interaction between Diclofenac and Vitamins.
Q. Can I take Diclofenac while I am on thyroxine?
Yes. There is no known interaction between Diclofenac and Thyroxine.
Q. What is the difference between Diclofenac potassium and Diclofenac sodium?
Diclofenac exists in two forms - the sodium salt (Diclofenac sodium) and the potassium salt (Diclofenac potassium). Each has the same amount of Diclofenac base - the main difference is that Diclofenac potassium is slightly more soluble in water than Diclofenac sodium.
Q. Can Diclofenac be used in the treatment of chikungunya?
Usually, the platelet count does not dip in cases of chikungunya and painkillers like Diclofenac can lead to a risk of increased bleeding tendency. So refrain from taking piroxicam or any pain killer in the case of any fever with joint pain. Consult your doctor before starting Diclofenac.
Q. Where is Diclofenac metabolised?
Diclofenac is metabolised in the liver.
Q. How much of Diclofenac is absorbed?
Diclofenac is rapidly and completely absorbed from tablets. Food intake does not affect absorption.
Q. Why Diclofenac should be stopped before surgery?
Since Diclofenac has been shown to have blood thinning effects, it can increase the risk of bleeding. Therefore, it is stopped before surgery to prevent excessive loss of blood.
Q. What are the contraindications for Diclofenac?
Diclofenac should not be used if there is an allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) to it, active ulcer in the stomach, bleeding from stomach, allergic reactions (including asthma, urticaria, rhinitis etc) to other NSAIDs like Aspirin, Severe heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure and a history of heart attack.
Q. Can Diclofenac affect the chance of conceiving?
Yes. Diclofenac can sometime cause reversible infertility. Diclofenac by its mechanism of action, may delay or prevent rupture of ovarian follicles, which has been associated with reversible infertility in some women. Consult your doctor before starting this medication.
Q. Why does Diclofenac cause an ulcer?
Diclofenac can cause damage to the lining cells of the stomach by several mechanisms, including the irritant effect on the cells, breaking of the protective barrier properties of lining cells, suppression of prostaglandin production of the stomach, reduction of stomach mucosal blood flow and interference with the repair of superficial injury of the stomach lining.
Q. Why is Diclofenac contraindicated in asthma?
Some patients with asthma are hypersensitive to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) like aspirin which can lead to acute attacks of asthma. Consult your doctor before starting this medication.
Q. What is Diclofenac ER?
ER is a short name for 'Extended Release'. Diclofenac ER tablets deliver the drug Diclofenac for a prolonged period of time. This, in turn, decreases the number of tablets you swallow per day.
Q. Is Diclofenac good for back pain?
Yes. Diclofenac has been found to be effective to reduce back pain. Diclofenac is a pain killer that belongs to the NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory) class. Other NSAIDs have also been found to be useful in back pain eg. Ibuprofen and Naproxen.
Q. Can I use Diclofenac during my fever treatment?
Yes. Diclofenac can reduce fever. However, commonly used to reduce the pain, particularly that which is seen with Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing spondylitis.
Q. Can I use Diclofenac to treat a sore throat?
Sore throat is mostly caused by bacteria so antibiotics are given to treat a sore throat whereas Diclofenac is a pain killer so it can be given in cases of throat pain associated with it but only under the prescription of a doctor.
Q. Can I use Diclofenac to treat UTI?
Diclofenac can be used to treat the pain associated with urinary tract infection (UTI) but for complete treatment, a course of antibiotics will be required.
Q. Can Diclofenac cause sedation?
Diclofenac is not known to cause sedation. There have been rare, an isolated case report of sedation with the drug.
Q. Can I take Diclofenac for kidney stones?
Yes. Diclofenac is given to relieve the pain due to kidney stones. However, there is also a risk of kidney damage with Diclofenac as its side effect. It is advised not to take Diclofenac for a prolonged time for this condition without adequate monitoring.
Q. Can I use Diclofenac for nerve pain?
Yes. Studies have shown Diclofenac (topical preparations) to be of use in nerve pain like Post-Herpetic pain.
Q. Can I use Diclofenac for eye management?
Yes. Diclofenac eye drops can be used to treat non-bacterial inflammation,e.g. post-operative state. Diclofenac eye drops have also been used to manage pain for traumatic corneal abrasion.
Q. Can I use Diclofenac for the treatment of arthritis?
Yes. Diclofenac belongs to the class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is commonly used for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis.
Q. Can I use Diclofenac with diuretics?
No. Diclofenac should not be used with diuretics. Diclofenac reduces the natriuretic effect of furosemide and thiazides diuretics in some patients. This response has been attributed to inhibition of renal prostaglandin synthesis.
Q. Can I use Diclofenac with mifepristone?
No. Effect of mifepristone may be reduced by NSAIDs like Diclofenac. Mifepristone is used for medical abortion.
Q. Can I use Diclofenac with lithium?
No. Diclofenac may increase the blood level of lithium, causing increased side effect.
Q. Can smoking be harmful over diclofenac?
Yes. Smoking is a known risk factor causing an ulcer in the stomach. Diclofenac too can cause ulceration of stomach as a side effect. Both together may increase the chance of forming ulcer in the stomach and bleeding. Therefore it is advised to quit smoking while on Diclofenac therapy.
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