Diclofenac is an NSAID medication that is used to treat mild to moderate pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sometimes migraine headaches.
Different brands of diclofenac serve different purposes and have different amounts of the medication. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully, along with any informational material included with the prescription.
Do not take his drug before/after heart bypass surgery, or if you have an allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs. Avoid alcohol. Avoid aspirin or other NSAIDs while on this drug. Consult with doctor or pharmacist before using over-the-counter cold, allergy, or pain medication. Inform your doctor if you take other medications/vitamins/supplements/herbs, especially antidepressants, lithium, cyclosporine, methotrexate, rifampin, antifungals, blood thinners, heart/blood medications, diuretics, other forms of diclofenac, other NSAIDs, and steroids.
Diclofenac can increase risk of heart attack, stroke, and stomach/intestinal bleeding. Get emergency medical help if you suspect symptoms of an allergic reaction, overdose, heart attack, or stroke. Contact doctor if you suspect symptoms of other serious reactions including (but not limited to): liver and kidney problems, hypertension, anemia, severe skin reaction, skin rash (even mild), shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, stomach bleeding, swelling. Common side effects may include: indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, headache, dizziness, congestion, itching, increased perspiration, increased blood pressure, pain in limbs, swelling.