What is Diclofenac?
Diclofenac is a medical product with pain-relieving and antifebrile action. It has anti-inflammatory action and a proved efficiency in the treatment of pain of light and moderate severity.
As Diclofenac has several mechanisms of the action, it has huge potential in the medicine and is widely used in various fields of the medical practice. The basic action of Diclofenac is related to slowing the formation of prostaglandins (these ingredients play one of the key roles in the formation of the inflammatory process, painful syndrome and fever.
Diclofenac reduces inflammatory edemas, and due to this it is effective in the reduction of the migraine attack. It reduces edema of the blood vessels and relieves headache.
A pain-relieving effect of Diclofenac lasts for about 6 hours like in most identical medicines. In case of the high sensitivity to the drug, a pain-relieving action may last for 8-10 hours.
Who should take Diclofenac?
Diclofenac is required in surgery, sports, traumatology, neurology, oncology, and other medical fields where it is necessary to quickly reduce pain. The drug may be used both for the reduction of the moderate pain, and during long-term painful syndromes caused by:
- Inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system
- Neurological disorders
- Rheumatic diseases of extra-articular soft tissues
- Diseases of the spine
- Conducting surgical interventions or diagnostic procedures
- Gynecological diseases
How to take Diclofenac?
Diclofenac is produced in various medical forms, and therefore the method of the use of the drug depends on the selected medical form. The pills of Diclofenac are often prescribed. They are used during or after meals, with a full glass of water. Diclofenac in pills is used in the dose of 50 mg 2-3 times per day. It is better to use the pills when pain is going to occur. If pain does not happen after the use of the first dose within a long time, the use of the second pill may be cancelled.
Diclofenac ointment is often used during inflammatory or traumatic forms of the painful syndrome of the joints, spine, and muscle tissue. The ointment may locally increase the action of the pills and does not have side effects. So if a localization and origin of pain allows to use Diclofenac ointment, it is better to select this medical form.
What are side effects?
Asanyanti-inflammatory drug, Diclofenac has many negative side effects. Patients often have the following symptoms: pain in the epigastric region, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, abdominal cramps. Other side effects appear seldom: drowsiness, dizziness, disorientation, and muscle cramps.
Any side effect is a result of the overdose or an individual intolerance of Diclofenac. Therefore, if you have negative symptoms, reduce the daily dose of the drug for a while.
- If you have an acute condition of ulcer of stomach or duodenum, do not take Diclofenac
- If you have chronic form of the gastric ulcer, use cytoprotectants during the use of the pills of Diclofenac
- Do not take Diclofenac during pregnancy. There is a risk of harm for fetus and mother during the use of the drug