About Diclofenac

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About Diclofenac

Description and principle of operation

The drug was first introduced in 1973 by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis and has since gained popularity as one of the most effective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Diclofenac is characterized by three types of action:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antipyretic
  • Pain Reliever

Diclofenac is known for its particularly strong anti-inflammatory properties. Its antipyretic effect is also quite strong. Often the drug helps when other medications do not work. Although its analgesic effect is not so powerful, so the drug is more suitable for the management of pain syndrome of mild to moderate strength.

The mechanism of action of Diclofenac is based on the fact that it suppresses the synthesis of prostaglandins and cyclooxygenase – substances that play an important role in the processes of inflammation. As a result, such unpleasant symptoms of inflammation as pain and swelling decrease. Also, the drug has the ability to regulate immunity. With prolonged use, antiallergenic properties of Diclofenac are manifested. After taking the tablets, the active substance is quickly absorbed into the blood plasma, and from there it enters the synovial fluid located in the joints.

Indications

Diclofenac tablets are designed primarily to reduce the symptoms of inflammatory processes in diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

These include:

  • arthritis of various nature
  • rheumatoid soft tissue damage
  • osteoarthritis
  • bursitis
  • osteochondrosis
  • herniated intervertebral disc

The drug is successfully used to relieve a moderate or weak pain syndrome under such conditions as:

  • neuralgia
  • myalgia
  • proctitis
  • migraine
  • headache
  • toothache
  • postoperative pain
  • injuries

Also, the drug is used when:

  • inflammatory processes of the small pelvis
  • algodismenorea
  • complex therapy of infectious diseases of the respiratory system

Instructions for use

With post-traumatic and postoperative edema the patient can take the drug without consulting a doctor. In other cases, taking the medication is only possible after the doctor’s prescription. Do not engage in self-medication Diclofenac, because it has many side effects and contraindications, especially strongly manifested with prolonged therapy.

Food slows the absorption of the drug but does not prevent it. Therefore, if you need the fastest action of the drug, then the pill should be taken half an hour before meals. Otherwise, the tablets should be taken during or after a meal. The tablet should be swallowed without chewing and washed down with water.

Adults and children older than 15 years are recommended to take a tablet of 25-50 mg 2-3 times a day. The maximum daily intake for adults is 150 mg. With prolonged therapy and in mild cases, the dose can be reduced to 75 mg.

For tablets, the optimal daily dose is 100 mg. The course of treatment with tablets should not exceed two weeks.

Dosage is calculated individually, depending on the disease and age. It is not recommended to give 50 mg tablets to children.

Potential Diclofenac side effects may include:

Diclofenac used to treat the following diseases:

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  1. Bryce J. Walker says:
    3.5 rating

    Diclofenac for Tonsillectomy

    Helps very well against pain and also the anti-inflammatory effect I can confirm. But during the entire intake period, I had to fight permanently with mild to moderate dizziness, sometimes with tachycardia or a permanently increased resting heart rate. In addition, there was a constant feeling of fatigue.

    Side effects: Palpitations; Dizziness; Fatigue
  2. Robert W. Knepper says:
    2.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Heel spurs

    No side effects, but pain comes back again and again in abstaenden

    Side effects: No side effects
  3. Nelson B. Payne says:
    4.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Heel spurs

    There is an alternative – no side effects, and it helps permanently and costs nothing. (only a little time, maybe 20 min per day) I had the typical symptoms 2 years ago, but I’m not a doctor, but I’ve looked around the internet, encountered stretching exercises there – and they’ve got the symptoms disappeared within 2 weeks leave, permanently, as I said. So you have to stretch the calf muscles by leaning against a wall or over a railing (that’s how I did it) while stretching the foot to the back, the sole of the foot on the floor, so that the calf is stretched. This may quietly pull something (or even must …) Do this for 10-15 seconds each with the affected foot, then the other (for prophylaxis – and to treat the sad foot a little rest) This 2 times 10 min , Exercise during the day and after 2 weeks you are free of complaints! Try out! ps. could already help a few colleagues and acquaintances with this info – and apparently some Othopäden have the now also in the program …

    Side effects: No side effects
  4. Barbara J. Summer says:
    4.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Sciatica

    if I lift heavy, I often have it with my sciatica, diclo helps quickly against it, has never had side effects of it.

    Side effects: No side effects
  5. Russell V. Knox says:
    2.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Sciatica

    Nausea with severe diarrhea .. And that spread after taking 3 tablets over 2 days ..

    Side effects: Nausea; Diarrhea
  6. Priscilla T. Simmons says:
    2.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Sciatica

    No pain relief but severe diarrhea!

    Side effects: Diarrhea
  7. Debra T. Williams says:
    3.5 rating

    Diclofenac for Surgery

    I had to take the medicine for pain after surgery. I got stomach cramps and suffered from insomnia.

    Side effects: Insomnia; Stomach cramps
  8. Ellen T. Sunseri says:
    4.5 rating

    Diclofenac for Surgery

    After getting nasal septum surgery Diclofenac in the hospital. Three days in the morning, at noon, in the evening after the meal. Everything was wonderful during the day, heart racing and restlessness every evening. No chance to fall asleep seven hours after taking it. However, it helps really well against the pain, but from tomorrow it will not take anymore.

    Side effects: Palpitations
  9. Kim E. White says:
    4.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Rheumatism; Pain (joint)

    Get the diclofenac syringes for my rheumatic and joint pain. They help very well and already after 2 hours she starts to work. If you get the syringe from time to time, at most 3 in a row, the side effects are good to endure and not so bad. I get dizzy (but not always, depending on condition) with a bit of a headache. When I got the injections for 6 weeks, anxiety sets in, which disappeared after weaning after about 2 months.

  10. John K. Bowden says:
    2.5 rating

    Diclofenac for Lumbago

    The drug has helped very well. Pain away 15 min. after taking. No side effect.

    Side effects: No side effects
  11. Sonia R. Fort says:
    4.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Lumbago

    Diclo have taken several years again and again, even several weeks not. The last time 6 hours after taking had terrible skin itching, starting on the palms, then swelled the lower lip and the tongue was thick, the mouth was too small for the tongue !!! The arms were full of whiteheads. Fortunately, I had cetirizine (an antiallergic) there, I took at the first signs. Over the next hour, everything normalized. Since then I have always had an emergency pack with cortisone suppositories.

    Side effects: Itching
  12. Christine D. Dowd says:
    4.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Lumbago

    I always got a syringe in case of lumbago at Artzt. Sometimes Diclofenac helped quite well. But this time everything was different. The pain in the back did not really go away either. After the second injection I took Diclofenac 75mg. Once a day, at night, I suddenly had abdominal cramps and in 10 minutes with strong diarrhea later also blood in the stool. This also stops the next day. Fatigue and dizziness were also a side effect. I will never take it again.

    Side effects: Stomach cramps; Dizziness; Fatigue
  13. Otelia J. Bratcher says:
    2.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Pain (chronic)

    When, for the first time, the now chronic inflammation in the metatarsal / lower ankle occurred, I received diclofenac as well as injections into the joint. At first everything was in order, they also helped quite well. The pain was easier and we stopped diclofenac again. After 3 weeks, however, the pain came back and I took a diclofenac in the evening and then my hands were swollen, hot and itched like crazy. I kept them under cold water, which created relief. Then I felt very peculiar, breathing hard, my tongue itched and swollen something … and then I saw myself in the mirror … my face was so swollen, I hardly recognized myself! Then I finally called the ambulance and the (5 man; o) took me immediately. After a night in the hospital, u.A. with infusions, it was clear: even against diclofenac I allergic even with shock: o (

    Side effects: Allergic reaction
  14. Stanley M. Bob says:
    2.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Surgery; Pain (chronic)

    Ingestion – 1 tablet daily, occasionally 1 tablet every 2 days. Without these pills, I’m in a lot of pain, I’m glad they exist.

    Side effects: No side effects
  15. Kathleen K. Stone says:
    3.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Disc prolapse

    Side effects: nausea, flatulence, dizziness, trembling on tablet discontinuance, drowsiness, headache on tablet discontinuation, concentration problems, nightmares (if you take the tablet before going to bed), heart racing, tripping!

  16. Katherine M. Gilliam says:
    2.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Disc prolapse

    Since 2007, I take Votum Plus, first with a higher water component, but now only 12.5 mg. My blood pressure is now set well. But 2 months after taking it for the first time, I got reactive perforating collagenosis (histologically proven), hyperuricaemia (which may be a side effect of taking the vote, in August 2009 Hashimoto’s thyroiditis was diagnosed with collagenosis, a further autoimmune disease). I’ve had changing stools from diarrhea to constipation for some time, I can not rule out an interaction between all the medications, I also got Tramadol Retard from Ratiopharm, except dizziness, insomnia, extreme skin reaction, nausea, no other side effects but now discontinued because of the dermatitis on the lower legs

    Side effects: Allergic skin reaction
  17. Ellen A. Delong says:
    2.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Pain (acute)

    first itch in the eyes and then within 5 minutes totally swollen eyes. Water gathering around the eyes. get antiallergic to avoid a shock. may not take the drug to me anymore.

    Side effects: Allergic skin reaction
  18. Arthur F. Hildreth says:
    3.0 rating

    Diclofenac for Pain (acute)

    Application for pain in the lumbar area Skin rash on the insides of all ten fingers with blisters, heavy swelling and itching.

    Side effects: Allergic skin reaction
  19. Karen R. Newton says:
    3.0 rating

    Metformin: watery diarrhea (since ingestion) Tiredness, listlessness Diclofenac: no effect or side effect to notice neither pain nor inflammation go back

    Side effects: Listlessness; Fatigue; Diarrhea