Diclofenac is mainly used to reduce inflammation caused due to degeneration on joints which is mainly seen in joint arthritis and ankylosing spondylities. Hence it is given to reduce the pain in various disorders
However, your doctor may also prescribe Diclofenac for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Diclofenac
The ideal way to use Diclofenac is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Diclofenac should/may be taken with or without a meal to avoid stomach problems.
Preferably, Diclofenac should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Diclofenac without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Diclofenac belongs to a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They strongly reduce the hormones which are responsible in causing inflammation
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Diclofenac to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Diclofenac between 68 to 77 degrees F (20 and 25 Degrees) and mass storage is suggested between 59 and 86 deg F ( 15 to 30 degrees C). Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Diclofenac in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Diclofenac if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances,.
Do not use Diclofenac if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Diclofenac as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Diclofenac as Diclofenac may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Diclofenac is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Diclofenac can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking
Diclofenac may affect your blood sugar level so please monitor your blood sugar under the supervision of your doctor.
Please maintain caution while using Diclofenac in children below years of age/elderly patients as the safety as well as effectiveness of Diclofenac in these patients are yet to be ascertained.
Please remember that Diclofenac does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases like HIV or against an unwanted pregnancy.