Diclofenac (voltaren): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This drug mainly works by reducing inflammatory mediators in the body.

It is mainly used to treat the pain which is mild or moderate and also relieves the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Diclofenac powder (cambia) is used to treat a migraine headache.

Information about Diclofenac:

It is not to be used if the patient has the allergies in his medical history, and also it can increase the risk of heart strokes, especially in the case of high doses, it can cause stomach bleeding, if these symptoms can be seen, immediately stop the medicine and seek medical emergency immediately. Taking diclofenac during pregnancy can cause harm to the unborn baby.

Dosage pattern of the diclofenac:

Adult dose

Osteoarthritis:

Capsules: it is about 35mg to be taken orally for 3 times a day

Enteric coated tablets: it is about 50mg to be taken orally for 2-3times a day

Extended release tablets: it is about 100mg to be taken orally once in a day

Use: treatment of osteoarthritis

Ankylosing spondylitis:

It is about 25mg to be taken orally for 4 times a day, and additional 25mg can be administered at bedtime if necessary

Maximum dose: it is about 125mg per day.

Rheumatoid arthritis:

It is about 50mg to be taken orally 3-4 times a day

Maximum dose: it is about 225mg daily

Use: treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Migraine:

It is about 50mg to be taken orally once in a day

Use: treatment of migraine

Pain:

Oral

It is about 25mg to be taken orally for 4 times a day

Capsule: 25mg to be taken orally 4 times a day

Immediate release tablets: it is about 50mg  to be taken orally once in day

Diclofenac injection:

It is about 37.5mg IV over 15seconds for every 6hrs a day

Use: management of moderate and acute pain

Diclofenac Overdose:

Seek emergency help from the doctor

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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