Diclofenac Sodium Tablets
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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.
- Reduces swelling and inflammation
- Relieves pain
- Helps to ease joint stiffness
Buy Diclofenac Tablets Online
You can order Diclofenac online from our UK registered online pharmacy. No prescription is required, however, you will need to complete an online assessment, so our prescriber can issue a prescription to our pharmacy. If the prescriber approves your order, a prescription is passed to our pharmacy, who will then dispense and dispatch your medication using Royal Mail or DPD.
What is Diclofenac?
Diclofenac Sodium is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for the treatment of inflammation and swelling. It can also provide pain relief, and help reduce other symptoms caused by various joint conditions and health problems.
These include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout, as well as sprains and strains, back pain, soft tissue injuries and migraines. Diclofenac is also used to treat ankylosing spondylitis, which is a condition causing inflammation of the spine.
Diclofenac is known by several brand names - Fenactol, Econac, Dicloflex and Voltarol. For more information about Diclofenac, read the patient information leaflet.
How does Diclofenac work?
To help with inflammation and healing, the body release chemicals known as Prostaglandins. When these chemicals are released, as well as the benefits, they also cause some negative side effects such as pain and fever.
These Prostaglandins are produced by an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX). Diclofenac and other NSAIDs work to reduce the amount of COX-1 and COX-2 that are produced and as a consequence any ongoing inflammation, pain or fever is reduced.
Whilst the COX-2 enzyme is the one that creates prostaglandins that cause pain and fever, the COX-1 enzyme helps protect the stomach lining from any damaging effects of acid. This is why when sometimes taking NSAIDs or Diclofenac, your stomach can produce ulcers and promote bleeding.
Diclofenac 25mg and Diclofenac 50mg is typically used pain relief. It helps reduce inflammation and pain in a person’s joints and muscles.
This should also answer the question of what is Diclofenac used for.
How to use Diclofenac?
Strictly follow the instructions of your doctor on how to use this product. It is important also that before you start using Diclofenac to read the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with the product package when you fill up your prescription. If you have any questions, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take Diclofenac by mouth with water unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Do not lie down for 10 minutes after taking this drug. If you experience stomach upset while taking this medication, you may take it with food, milk, or an antacid. However, food, milk, and antacid may slow down the absorption of the medicine and delay the pain relief.
Swallow Diclofenac whole, without crushing, breaking or chewing the tablets as it can destroy the coating on the tablet, which can increase its side effects.
The dosage of this medication is based on your medical condition, your response to treatment, and other medications that you may be taking. Share with your doctor a list of all medications you are currently taking. You can minimize the risks of side effects, such as stomach bleeding, by taking the medication at the lowest dose for the shortest possible length of time. Do not increase your dose, or take the medication more often than what is prescribed by your doctor. For a chronic condition, continue taking Diclofenac as directed by your doctor.
It may take up to 2 weeks of regular use before you feel the full benefits of this drug.
If you are using Diclofenac on an “as needed” basis, this medicine will work best if taken at the first signs of pain. This medication may not work if you wait until the pain has worsened.
Diclofenac Over The Counter
Diclofenac Tablets over the counter is not available.
A person can buy Diclofenac 25mg online from Cloud Pharmacy for pain without a prescription. It is also available on prescription to buy Diclofenac 50mg tablets online
Diclofenac and Alcohol
Before taking Diclofenac and Alcohol together, you should ask your doctor. Diclofenac and Alcohol can increase the risk and chance of stomach bleeding.
If Diclofenac and alcohol is taken together and you suddenly notice any of the symptoms of stomach/intestinal bleeding, call your doctor immediately. These symptoms include black, tarry or bloody stool, or any coughing that brings up blood/vomit that appear like coffee grounds.
Do not stop taking or using the medication unless told to do so by your doctor.
Diclofenac Side Effects
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
It is important that you stop taking Diclofenac and immediately seek medical advice if you experience any of the following common side effects of Diclofenac:
- Skin rash, peeling, blistering, itching or swelling
- Shortness of breath
- Symptoms of asthma
- Runny nose or sneezing
Diclofenac has the potential to cause mild to moderate side effects in some patients. You should not necessarily stop taking the medication if you experience any of the following, but you must tell your doctor if the symptoms do not go away.
- Drowsiness or feeling dizzy.
- Nausea (feeling sick.)
- Stomach ache (this is made more likely by taking Diclofenac with another NSAID)
- Stomach Ulcers (this is made more likely by smoking and drinking alcohol)
- Loss of appetite
- Weight Loss
Diclofenac can also have more serious side effects. These are more rare, but you should seek medical attention straight away if you experience any of the following:
- Blood in your stool, or vomit (this indicates that the medicine is causing bleeding in your stomach)
- Your skin or eyes turn yellow (this can indicate liver problems)
- You experience breathlessness, swollen legs or ankles or tiredness (this can indicate heart failure or heart attack)
- You experience weakness on one side of your body, accompanied by problems speaking, loss of balance and trouble seeing properly. (This indicates you are having a stroke and you must call for an ambulance immediately.)
Patient Information Leaflet
What are the benefits of using Diclofenac?
The main benefit of using Diclofenac is the relief it provides to the symptoms of arthritis, such as pain, a stiffness of the joints, and swelling. It effectively inhibits a specific type of prostaglandin that causes inflammation.
How do I buy Diclofenac online?
You can safely buy it here at Cloud Pharmacy. You will first need to have an online consultation with our medical prescriber before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Diclofenac is the right medication for your medical condition.
This will then be delivered by our pharmacy using Royal Mail or DPD.
How long does it take for Diclofenac to work?
Diclofenac takes 20 to 30 minutes to work if you take it as tablets or capsules.
Is Diclofenac safe for long term use?
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.
Can I take Diclofenac whilst pregnant?
It’s not recommended to take Diclofenac when you’re pregnant. This is because there is a risk of harm to your unborn baby. Diclofenac is also not recommended if you are breastfeeding - other treatments may be more suitable, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. You can find the best solution for you in consultation with your doctor.
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