Diclofenac is a non steroid anti-inflammatory drug that is most commonly prescribed to treat conditions such as, mild to moderate pain, rheumatic Arthritis, postoperative pain and neuropathic pain. It works by treating inflammation of the effected area and reducing the pain.

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Diclofenac Tablets for Anti Inflammatory Pain Relief

Diclofenac is a non steroid, anti-inflammatory drug also known as an NSAID. It works by decreasing the presence of substances in your body which cause pain and inflammation. This drug can be used to treat mild to moderate pain from menstrual cramps and headaches, to the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Diclofenac Dosage

Here at Medicine Direct we sell Diclofenac in 25mg and 50mg strengths. The dosage you are prescribed is based on your doctors’ review of your symptoms and after consideration of other medicines you may be taking. Doctors will try and keep you on the lowest effective strength possible to decrease the chance of you suffering from any side effects.

Diclofenac 25mg

Depending on your condition, your doctor may advice you to divide your consumption of Diclofenac up into numerous dosages throughout the day. For instance, when being used to treat general pain, doctors generally advise their patients to take 25mg of Diclofenac up to 4 times a day.

Diclofenac 50mg

This strength is commonly prescribed by doctors to combat the symptoms of Osteoarthritis, Dysmenorrhea and Rheymatoid Arthritis. It can also be taken as a dosage once for pain.

Medicine Dosages

Diclofenac tablets are to be taken whole, not crushed or chewed, with a glass of water. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medicine. You are able to take Diclofenac with or without food, however food in the stomach can delay the productivity of the drug.

You should not use Diclofenac if you have ever had an allergic reaction to using aspirin or any other NSAIDs (non-stereoidal anti-flammatory drugs). Following this, as many cold and allergy medications contain aspirin or drugs similar to it, you must ask your pharmacist or doctors advice on whether it is safe to take the two medicines together. Check the label to see if it contains aspiring, ibuprofen, ketoprofen or naproxen.

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if this would mean you are taking the forgotten dose close by to the next consumption of the medicine you must skip it. It is important that you do not double up your dosage of this medicine.

In rare cases patients taking Diclofenac can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to the medicine. If you experience any of the warning symptoms you MUST contact an emergency service such as 111 or 999 immediately. The signs of a severe allergic reaction are:

  • Developing a skin rash which is itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling
  • Your chest or throat feeling tight. This can also be displayed through wheezing.
  • Experiencing difficulty in breathing or talking
  • Your facial extremities become swollen i.e. you mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.

Below is the usual recommendation of dosage in accordance to your condition:

  • Pain and Inflammation in conditions Acute Gout

Orally taken, doctors will recommend you take Diclofenac in 75mg- 150mg strength in divided doses around 2 to 3 times a day.

  • Rheumatic Arthritis

It is recommended to take between 75-150mg of Diclofenac in divided doses around 2 to 3 times a day

  • Postoperative Pain

The usual guidance given by doctors is for patients to take between 75-100mg of Diclofenac in divided doses spread out 2-3 times a day.

  • Migraine

One 50mg dose taken once to alleviate the symptoms of a migraine.

Diclofenac Side Effects and Precautions

As with any medicine, when taking Diclofenac you need to be aware of the side effects it may cause. Below is a list of common and uncommon side effects you may experience whilst consuming Diclofenac. If you experience any of the following symptoms and are concerned, please contact your doctor or pharmacist. Moreover, if you suffer from some of the more severe side effects please seek medical assistance straight away.

Common Side Effects:

  • Abdominal/ stomach discomfort of bloating or pains
  • A change in your stools, they may become black. You may also experience a decrease in urination
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Indigestion or belching
  • Headache
  • A rash on the skin which may be itchy, or abnormal bleeding or bruising
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and being sick. Vomit may look to contain coffee grounds of blood
  • Chest pains or trouble breathing after exercise or slight exertion

Uncommon Side Effects

  • Liver problems
  • Skin feeling itchy or breaking out in a rash
  • Ears ringing
  • Ulcer in your stomach or intestine
  • Ulcer in the oesophagus
  • Bloating
  • Rupture in wall of stomach or intestine
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Anaemia
  • Abnormal bleeding not from a menstrual cycle
  • Stomach or Intestine bleeding
  • Blood clot
  • Blood in urine
  • Increase of protein present in urine
  • Heart complications, attack or stroke
  • Hives
  • Infection
  • Inflammation of Oesophagus, Large Intestine or of the skin which may also blister
  • Severe Kidney problems such as damage, failure, reduction in function
  • Severe Liver problems
  • Yellowing of the skin/ eyes as a result of liver problems

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Ensure that you read the medicines leaflet before taking it so that you are aware of the full range of potential side effects. If you experience anything abnormal or a change in your own symptoms, seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.

There is evidence to suggest that Diclofenac can unfortunately increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, particularly when you use it as a long term solution or consume it in high doses to treat symptoms. In reflection of this, do not use Diclofenac if you are about to, or have just undergone, a heart bypass surgery.

Ensure you inform your doctor or pharmacist of which other drugs you are taking and if you suffer from any health conditions before taking Diclofenac. Make sure you inform your doctor if you suffer from:

  • Heart disease, high cholesterol or blood pressure, diabetes
  • Smoking
  • A history of heart attacks, clots, strokes, stomach ulcers or bleeding
  • Asthma
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Retaining fluid.

How can I buy Diclofenac online in the UK?

If you are a valid UK citizen and have a prescription from a doctor, you will be able to purchase Diclofenac online in the UK with us, Medicine Direct. If you do not yet have a prescription, our online consultant doctors will be more than happy to review your symptoms and issue you a private prescription if they deem it to be appropriate to you condition.

Medicine Direct sell two different strengths of Diclofenac, diclofenac 25mg tablets and diclofenac 50mg tablets. Once our doctor has learnt a little bit more about your condition and the symptoms that you are experiencing, they will recommend a dosage for you to use. Our doctors will rarely prescribe Diclofenac 75mg tablets as this dosage requires closer care and guidance from a Doctor, it is recommended to book a face to face consultation with your GP in order to obtain this dosage of diclofenac.

What is Diclofenac used to treat?

Diclofenac is commonly used for the relief of pain, swelling and stiffness in patients’ joints. More specifically, it can be used to treat Osteoarthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Dysmenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Migraine and as pain relief.

Can you drink alcohol whilst using Diclofenac?

You must avoid drinking alcohol whilst taking Diclofenac. The reason for this is that it can increase your chances of bleeding in your stomach which can prove fatal.

How old do you have to be to take Diclofenac?

You should not use Diclofenac if you are under the age of 18 years old.

Can you use Diclofenac when pregnant or breastfeeding?

It is not recommended to take this medicine if you are pregnant, are trying to conceive, or breastfeeding. Taking Diclofenac whilst you are in your last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the foetus. You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during the course of taking this medicine.

There is not sufficient evidence as of yet to suggest that diclofenac passes into breast and so it is unknown whether it poses a risk to a breast feeding baby. Therefore, as there is insufficient evidence regarding the safety of the baby you should not breast feed whilst taking Diclofenac.

How should I store Diclofenac?

Ensure that you store this medication out of the sight and reach of children. It can be stored safely at room temperature, away from exposure to light or moisture.

Diclofenac Potassium vs Sodium – What is the difference?

The main difference between Diclofenac Potassium and Diclofenac Sodium is the speed at which the drug is absorbed into the body. Diclofenac potassium is absorbed into the body at a much faster rate that it’s counterpart (Sodium).

Diclofenac Potassium is preferred when an individual is suffering with painful symptoms as the medicine can provide effective treatment at a much faster rate that Diclofenac Sodium.

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