Diclofenac as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication is also known as Voltaren. Diclofenac helps to reduce every substance that is responsible for tenderness and inflammation in the body. It works for the therapy of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. You can as well use Voltaren for the cure of ankylosing spondylitis. Menstrual cramps are dealt with using Cataflam which is a brand of Diclofenac. A migraine headache attack is treated using Cambia (Voltaren powder).
Voltaren tablets that are meant to be taken orally is made with the strength of 75mg. Diclofenac contains the following ingredients:
· Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose;
· Sodium starch glycolate;
· Methacrylic acid copolymer;
· Microcrystalline cellulose;
· Polyethylene glycol;
· Magnesium stearate;
· Propylene glycol;
· Sodium hydroxide;
· Iron oxide;
· Titanium dioxide.
It is advisable to inquire from your doctor on other drugs that may or may not be used for pain treatment especially when you are on the treatment of a chronic medical condition such as arthritis. Voltaren helps to reduce pain, swelling and the stiffness of joints from arthritis.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Adhere to all instructions given by your doctor on the way Voltaren should be used. There may be different uses for different brands, so, inquire from your pharmacist the amount of dose that associates with the chosen brand. Ensure all instructions or directions on the prescription label are strictly followed. The doctor may change your medication at times for an effective result. Take the drug the exact way it is prescribed; not more, less or longer than it is required. It is advisable to take the dose with lower strength but works effectively for the treatment of your condition. Zorvolex is taken an hour before your meal or 2 hours after food (Ensure your stomach is empty when used). Swallow Diclofenac tablets and not chew. Sprinkle the powder of Cambia into 2 ounces of water. Mix together and drink immediately. Take Cambia before a meal (it is better this way). Notify the doctor if your headache attack persists after the use if Cambia. It is advisable to tell your doctor before taking Diclofenac the second time. Overuse of this drug may increase the headache. Patients who use Diclofenac incessantly should go frequently for medical tests.
The following precautionary measures must be taken before or when using Diclofenac:
· Avoid the intake of Diclofenac after or before heart bypass surgery.
· The usage of Diclofenac can result in stroke or deadly heart attack if you take it for a long time or use high doses.
· Diclofenac may result in fat stomach bleeding especially in the elderly.
· Patients who are allergic to Diclofenac or to aspirin or an NSAID should keep away from its use.
· Diclofenac should be restricted from patients who have a history of an asthmatic condition. Likewise, those who have a history of the following illnesses should notify their doctors:
o Heart attack;
o High cholesterol;
o Heart disease;
o Stomach ulcers or bleeding;
o Liver or kidney disease;
o Fluid retention.
· Notify the doctor if you have a history of smoking.
· Avoid the use of Cambia for the treatment of a cluster headache. Patients who are allergic to beef or its protein should avoid the use of Zipsor.
· Pregnant women and lactating mothers should seek the advice of their doctors before using Diclofenac as this medication may affect an unborn baby and a nursing baby.
· Avoid the usage of Diclofenac if you are under the age of 18 years old.
Ensure you notify your doctor or seek emergency medical help immediately you begin to experience the following side effects of Diclofenac:
· An Increase in sweating and in blood pressure;
· Stomach pain;
· Stuffy nose;
· Inflammation or tenderness in arm or legs.
Interaction with other drugs
Notify the doctor before using any of the following antidepressant medications with Diclofenac:
· Vilazodone, and others.
The intake of these medications with an NSAID may result in a bruise or bleeding easily.
Notify your doctor on all your medical intakes both now and before. The following are some of these medications:
· Antifungal medicine;
· A blood thinner;
· Blood pressure or heart medication;
· Voltaren Gel;
· Steroid medicine, and others.