Diclofenac is used to treat pain or inflammation associated with arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. It might also be used in other cases.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take Diclofenac with a meal or without one.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Diclofenac is classified into a group of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It helps to reduce the pain and inflammation by reducing the hormones that cause them.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store Diclofenac at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). You may also store it at 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) for a limited time. Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using Diclofenac if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like severe allergic reaction (e.g., severe rash, hives, breathing difficulties, dizziness) to another NSAID (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib) or aspirin.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or diclofenac containing medicine then mention it to your doctor.
Diclofenac may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using Diclofenac. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
The use of the drug in children is not recommended as its safety when used on children is not determined.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using Diclofenac to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using Diclofenac as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include burning or stinging; discharge; eye redness, irritation, or itching.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred or distorted vision; eye infection; eyelid swelling or redness; sensitivity to glare or light.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.