Diclofenac FAQ

What is diclofenac used for?

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in conditions such as arthritis, acute gout, and post-operative pain.

How does diclofenac work?

Diclofenac works by blocking the production of substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation.

What are the common side effects of diclofenac?

Common side effects include indigestion, stomach pain, and diarrhea. It may also cause dizziness and drowsiness.

Is diclofenac safe for long-term use?

Long-term use of diclofenac may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. It should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration.

Can diclofenac be used for muscle pain?

Diclofenac can be used to relieve muscle pain caused by strains, sprains, and other injuries.

Can diclofenac be used for headaches?

Diclofenac is not typically used for headaches. It is more commonly used for joint and muscle pain.

Is diclofenac available over the counter?

Certain formulations of diclofenac may be available over the counter, but others require a prescription.

Can diclofenac be used during pregnancy?

Diclofenac is not recommended during the third trimester of pregnancy as it may harm the unborn baby.

What should I do if I miss a dose of diclofenac?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.

Can diclofenac be taken with other medications?

It's important to discuss all current medications with a healthcare professional before taking diclofenac, as it may interact with certain drugs.

How long does it take for diclofenac to work?

Diclofenac typically starts to provide relief within 30 minutes of taking a dose.

What is the recommended dosage of diclofenac?

The recommended dosage varies depending on the condition being treated. It is important to follow the instructions provided by a healthcare professional.

Is diclofenac addictive?

Diclofenac is not addictive. However, it should be used only as directed and at the prescribed dosage.

Can diclofenac be used by children?

Diclofenac may be used in children for certain conditions, but the dosage and formulation will be determined by a healthcare professional.

Can diclofenac be used for back pain?

Diclofenac can be used to alleviate back pain, particularly when the pain is associated with inflammation.

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Information provided by Dr. Nithya Priya Raju. Reviewed by Dr. Mohamed El Khouly