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    Diclofenac

    Information about Diclofenac

    Diclofenac uses

    Diclofenac is used for pain relief. It relieves pain in conditions like headache, mild migraine, muscle pain, dental pain, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, or painful menses.

    How diclofenac works

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

    Common side effects of diclofenac

    Vomiting, Stomach pain / epigastric pain, Stomach ulcer, Nausea, Indigestion, Diarrhea, Heartburn, Loss of appetite
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    Expert advice for Diclofenac

    • You have been prescribed Diclofenac to relieve pain and inflammation.
    • Take it with food or milk to prevent upset stomach.
    • Take it as per the dose and duration prescribed by your doctor. Long term use may lead to serious complications such as stomach bleeding and kidney problems.
    • It may cause dizziness, drowsiness or visual disturbances. Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Diclofenac as it can cause excessive drowsiness and increase your risk of stomach problems.
    • Inform your doctor if you have a history of heart disease or stroke.
    • Your doctor may regularly monitor your kidney function, liver function and levels of blood components, if you are taking this medicine for long-term treatment.

    Frequently asked questions for Diclofenac

    Diclofenac

    Q. Is Diclofenac a good painkiller?

    Diclofenac is effective in relieving pain and inflammation. It is used for various sorts of pain such as sprains, strains, and other injuries, various types of arthritis, gout and pain and inflammation following surgery.

    Q. Is Diclofenac a narcotic?

    No, Diclofenac is not a narcotic. It belongs to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) group of medicines.

    Q. Does Diclofenac get you high?

    No, Diclofenac does not get you high. It does not have an abuse potential (drug-seeking behavior) and does not cause physical or psychological dependence.

    Q. Can Diclofenac hurt your kidneys?

    Long-term use and high doses of Diclofenac may cause renal problems such as protein or blood in urine and painful urination. Patients who are at maximum risk of developing kidney problems include people who are dehydrated, have heart failure, impaired kidney function, hypertension, elderly, who are on medicines which cause excess urination (diuretics), or medicines which have significant impact on kidney function. Hence, for such patients kidney function monitoring is recommended.

    Q. Does Diclofenac make you drowsy?

    Diclofenac can cause drowsiness and also dizziness, fatigue (tiredness) and visual disturbances. However, it is not very common and may not affect everyone. If you experience these symptoms avoid driving or operating heavy machinery.

    Q. What is the most important information I need to know about Diclofenac?

    It is important to know that Diclofenac may increase your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. The risk is more if you take higher doses and have been using the medicine for a longer time. Also, taking Diclofenac may cause ulcers, bleeding, or holes in your stomach and intestine. These problems may happen without warning symptoms at any time during treatment and may even cause death.

    Q. Can Diclofenac be taken during pregnancy?

    You should not take Diclofenac during the last 3 months of pregnancy as it may cause damage to your baby. It can also lead to reduced labor. Hence, it is best to avoid using Diclofenac during the first 6 months. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe Diclofenac weighing its benefits and risks.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 October, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)