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Diclofenac With Capsaicin

Diclofenac With Capsaicin

What is capsaicin and diclofenac?

Capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers that makes them hot. Capsaicin is used in medicated creams and lotions to relieve muscle or joint pain.

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

Capsaicin and diclofenac topical (for the skin) is a combination medicine used to treat joint pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by osteoarthritis of the knees. capsaicin and diclofenac may not be effective in treating arthritis pain elsewhere in the body.

Uses

This medication is used to treat arthritis of the knee(s). It reduces pain, swelling, and joint stiffness and helps to improve your ability to move and flex the joint. Diclofenac is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

If you are treating a chronic condition such as arthritis, ask your doctor about non-drug treatments and/or using other medications to treat your pain.

What should I avoid while using capsaicin and diclofenac?

Avoid exposing treated skin to heat, sunlight, or tanning beds.

Avoid taking a bath or shower within 30 minutes before or after you apply this medicine to your skin. Also avoid vigorous exercise. Warm water or perspiration can increase the burning sensation caused by capsaicin.

Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Avoid taking aspirin or other NSAIDs while you are using capsaicin and diclofenac.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cold, allergy, or pain medication. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to diclofenac. Using certain products together can cause you to get too much of this type of medication. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use 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, especially if anyone has accidentally swallowed it.

What other drugs will affect capsaicin and diclofenac?

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

  • cyclosporine
  • lithium
  • methotrexate
  • a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven)
  • heart or blood pressure medication, including a diuretic or "water pill"
  • steroid medicine

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with capsaicin and diclofenac, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

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