Diclofenac is a strong anti-inflammatory medication used to treat pain, swelling and symptoms caused by conditions such as arthritis and gout. It is an example of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by preventing the release of inflammatory substances in the body that can lead to pain and swelling.
- Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID)
- Relieves pain and reduces swelling and inflammation
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Diclofenac belongs to the same group of drugs as ibuprofen – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They are better at reducing pain than over the counter medications and have proven to be effective in managing pain and inflammation in gout.
How long does it take this medication to work?
Diclofenac takes 20 to 30 minutes to work if you take it as tablets or capsules.
Is it safe to take long term?
Diclofenac can cause an ulcer in your stomach if you take it for a long time or in big doses. It’s best to take the lowest dose that works for the shortest possible time.
Is it addictive?
No, Diclofenac is not addictive, but it’s essential always to take it as prescribed.
Can I drink alcohol with it?
Yes, you can drink alcohol while taking Diclofenac. But drinking too much alcohol may irritate your stomach.
Is there any food or drink I need to avoid?
No, you can eat and drink normally while taking Diclofenac.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking diclofenac.
Some common side effects reported with diclofenac use include:
- Swelling of the hands and feet
- Skin reactions
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.
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