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Diclofenac Potassium

Diclofenac Potassium

What is Diclofenac Potassium

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation.

Diclofenac is used to treat mild to moderate pain, or signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. The Cataflam brand of this medicine is also used to treat menstrual cramps.

Diclofenac powder (Cambia) is used to treat a migraine headache attack. Cambia will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks.

Uses

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain and swelling (inflammation) from various mild to moderate painful conditions. It is used to treat muscle aches, backaches, dental pain, menstrual cramps, and sports injuries. It also reduces pain, swelling, and joint stiffness caused by arthritis. Reducing these symptoms helps you do more of your normal daily activities. This medication is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Side Effect

Major and Minor diclofenac Side Effect

  • upset stomach
  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • heartburn
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • bloating
  • gas
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • nervousness
  • skin rash or itching

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Diclofenac Warnings

Diclofenac can increase the risk of heart trouble and has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots — all of which can be deadly. Get emergency medical help right away if you experience signs of stroke or heart problems, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, changes in speech, or other unusual symptoms.

Diclofenac can damage the lining of your stomach, putting you at risk for stomach ulcers and heartburn. Tell your doctor if you have stomach pain, nausea, or black or tarry stools.

If you are about to have heart surgery, especially a procedure called coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), you should not take diclofenac.

If you suffer from a condition known as the “aspirin triad,” where you have allergic reactions to aspirin or other NSAIDs and develop polyps or growths in the nose, you should not take diclofenac.

How to store diclofenac

Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.

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