Diclofenac (voltaren): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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Diclofenac works by reducing inflammatory mediators in the body and is grouped under the calss of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID).

This drug is generally used to treat the pain which is mild to moderate and relieves the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Diclofenac powder (cambia) is used in the treatment of a migraine headache.

Information about Diclofenac:

This medicine should not be used if the patient had a medical history of allergies, heart strokes and any other diseases. If this medicine is compulsorily need to be taken then it should be consumed after consulting your doctor.

Do not consume this medicine in high doses as it may cause stomach bleeding, infact take this medicine as recommended by the doctor or else follow the instructions given on the prescription label. You can also ask your pharmacist or to your health care provider. Do not consume alcohol while you are undergoing any kind of medication.

Diclofenac is not recommended to pregnant ladies as it may harm to the unborn baby.

Dosage pattern of  Diclofenac:

Adult dose

For Osteoarthritis:

Capsules: The minimum dose is about 35mg can be given orally for 3 times in a day.

Enteric coated tablets: These can be taken about 50mg orally for 2-3 times in a day or else as prescribed.

Extended release tablets: This dose is about 100mg to be taken orally once in a day or else as prescribed.

Use: This medicine is used in the treatment of osteoarthritis in adults.

For Ankylosing spondylitis:

The minimum dose is about 25mg to be taken orally for 4 times in a day and more additional 25mg can be administered at bedtime if necessary

Maximum dose: This dose is about 125 mg per day is recommended.

For Rheumatoid arthritis:

The minimum dose is about 50mg to be taken orally 3-4 times in a day

Maximum dose: The dose is about 225 mg daily.

Use:This medicine is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in adults.

For Migraine:

The minimum dose is about 50mg to be taken orally once in a day and for maximum dose consult your doctor, as it may depends upon severity.

Use: This medicine is used in the treatment of migraine

For Pain:

Oral

The minimum dose is about 25mg to be taken orally for 4 times in a day.

Capsule: The dosse is about 25 mg to be taken orally 4 times in a day.

Immediate release tablets: The dose is about 50mg to be taken orally once in a day.

This drug is also available in the form of injection. Following are the doses for injection.

Diclofenac injection:

The minimum dose is about 37.5mg IV over 15seconds for every 6hrs of time interval in a day.

Use: It is used in the management of moderate and acute pain.

Diclofenac Overdose:

Seek emergency help from the doctor if any of the following symptoms are seen or experienced.

Symptoms of overdose:

  • Blurred vision
  • Change in consciousness
  • Depression
  • Fast and shallow breathing
  • Muscle pain
  • Seizures
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight gain

Diclofenac Side effects:

Severity: major

  • Cloudy urine
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling
  • Trouble breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

Severity: minor

  • Passing gas
  • Hearing loss
  • Lack of strength
  • Unexplained noise in the ears

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