What is Diclofenac?
Diclofenac is a drug used to reduce pain and inflammation in the body. It is part of a group known as NSAIDS which are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It was first marketed under the name Voltarol and later was renamed Diclofenac.
Through blocking the site where the chemicals that cause pain, stiffness, swelling, inflammation, tenderness and increased temperature are produced, Diclofenac is able to treat the pain. The inflammation becomes decreased and the movement of muscles and joints is aided. Diclofenac blocks the effect of a chemical called cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzymes which is responsible for creating prostaglandins and can cause pain and inflammation in areas of injury.
There are two forms of Diclofenac: diclofenac potassium and diclofenac sodium. The potassium form is more easily absorbed by the body than its sodium counterpart. Therefore, it is generally used in emergency situations when quick, immediate pain relief is vital and prolonged action is needed in order to reduce the inflammation.
Diclofenac is used to target and treat several separate conditions such as stiffness of joints, swelling of joins, and pain. The usual cause of these is arthritis and without medication, sufferers’ movement is limited. Diclofenac is a preferred treatment for such people as it is not classed as a steroid.
Before taking Diclofenac, people must consult their doctor to see if it is the right solution to their arthritic pain. It is also used to treat post-natal pain, pain as a result of a surgical procedure, muscle pain, and dental pain. It is not a quick relief medical treatment and patients should consult their doctors before using it.
How to use
If you purchase Diclofenac from a pharmacy, you will be given a guide on how to use it. Please read this guide before you take the medication and if you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact your doctor.
It is recommended usually to take Diclofenac with 8 ounces of water unless your doctor advises otherwise. To prevent upsetting your stomach, you must remain standing for ten minutes after taking your medication. If this does not help, taking the drug with food or anti-acid medication will also reduce the likelihood of experiencing sickness but this is a last resort as it may delay the effect, especially if the patient is not a regular user.
The tablet must be taken whole and cannot be crushed, sliced or pulverized in any way as this increases the risk of experiencing negative side effects.
Patients should under no circumstances take more Diclofenac than their prescription recommends. Your presicription will be based on your own tolerance and medical history, and also with regards to whatever other medication you may be taking in conjunction with Diclofenac. If you are currently on any other medication, you should inform your doctor before taking anything new to be sure they will not negatively impact each other. With a doctor’s advice, you may use this medication regularly but do not alter your prescription in any way.
It may take up to two weeks for the medication to fully take effect. If you need faster pain relief, you must take it as soon as you start experiencing pain as delaying taking Diclofenac will allow the pain to worsen and therefore it will take longer to treat.