Diclofenac

Diclofenac, classified as an NSAID or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, is used to relieve pain, swelling or joint stiffness caused by arthritis. 

What is it?

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID. It’s most commonly used as a pain reliever or to reduce swelling. Likewise, it is sometimes used in treatment of chronic conditions like joint stiffness caused by arthritis.

How does it work?

This medicine works by reducing substances in the body, mainly active lipid compounds called prostaglandins, that cause pain and inflammation.

What is it used for?

As previously mentioned, it’s most commonly used as a pain reliever or to reduce swelling. It accomplishes this by decreasing the production of prostaglandin, which causes inflammation and pain.

There are also other variations of this medicine, used to treat mild to moderate pain that accompanies menstrual cramps, migraine headache attacks, or signs and symptoms of chronic conditions, like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

How to use Diclofenac?

Take Diclofenac exactly as prescribed by your doctor or follow the directions on your prescription label. Never take Diclofenac in doses larger than the one recommended. Always try and take the lowest possible dose to treat your specific medical condition. 

Different brands of Diclofenac contain different amounts of the said medicine, so make sure to always consult your doctor about the proper dosage if you ever switch brands.

The recommended dosage is 2-3 tablets a day, taken in equal intervals. Be careful not to go over the suggested dosage during a single day. If you’ve forgotten to take the dose, do not take a double dose to try and make up for it, just take the next dose as you normally would. If you’ve accidentally taken a dose greater than the one recommended, get in touch with your doctor immediately.

Remember to take the tablets with a lot of water and don’t chew, crush or break the tablets before swallowing them.

Take Diclofenac tables on an empty stomach. You can either take them approximately 1 hour before a meal, or 2 hours after a meal.

If your symptoms persist, even after taking Diclofenac, contact your doctor for further instructions.

Side effects and precautions

Before taking Diclofenac, make sure to read the information leaflet and read up on it’s usage, dosages and side effects. 

Never take Diclofenac, under any circumstance, if you’re allergic to it or to any of its components, if you have ever had an asthma attack or a severe allergic reaction to aspirin. Read the enclosed information leaflet that comes with the medicine, and check the full list of ingredients.

If you can, avoid using Diclofenac long term, because it can increase the risk of a fatal heart attack or a stroke. This also applies to people who have never had any heart problems and who don’t have any heart disease.

Common Diclofenac side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Headache

Contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical help if you notice any of the severe side effects, which may include:

  • Heart problems
  • Skin rash, no matter how mild
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Liver or kidney problems
  • Signs of stomach bleeding

Keep Diclofenac tablets out of children’s reach and don’t use them after the expiration date on the package. If your symptoms do not get better, even after taking this medicine, contact your doctor immediately.

If you see any peculiar complications or side effects which you suspect might have been caused by this medicine, go see your doctor immediately.

How can I purchase it online?

Buy Diclofenac online, safely through UK Meds. A consultation with a medical professional is required beforehand, to ensure that using Diclofenac is the correct way to treat your medical condition.