Diclofenac
DESCRIPTION

Diclofenac is a commonly used pain relief medication. Consuming this medication will reduce your symptoms and thereby will allow you to engage in your daily activities more freely.

How it works

Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These medications work by reducing the amount of inflammation in the body.

Uses

The medication is useful in relieving pain and inflammation as well as muscle stiffness caused as a result of arthritis. This medication is also given to individuals who experience due to dental aches, muscle aches or as a result of delivering a baby.

Dosage

Unless your physician tells you otherwise, this medication must be taken with a full glass of water. Sometimes, taking this medication can result in a upset stomach. During such circumstances, it is best to consume the medication with food or milk. But this can slow absorption, especially if you are not following your dose schedule properly.

The physician will prescribe you a special dosage to make sure that you will not experience any side effects. You must not increase the dosage or take it for longer than recommended. When you consume this medication for conditions such as arthritis, it can take around two weeks for the drug to work. Therefore, do not increase the dosage to enhance the effectiveness of the medication. Doing so will only make you more susceptible to the side effects.

It is also possible for you to take this medication as a pain killer. However, you need to use it at the right time. If you consume the drug after the pain worsens, it might not be effective.

Side effects

Even though this medication can relieve your pain, it can also result in some undesirable side effects. This includes:

Upset stomach
Nausea
Heartburn
Headaches
Dizziness
Constipation

Certain individuals might also experience more complicated side effects such as:

Sudden weight gain
Swelling of feet
Hearing changes
Mood changes
Painful swallowing
Unusual tiredness

Although the chances of experiencing such side effects are low, it is best to look out for them for your own safety.

Precautions

Following the precautions listed below can reduce the chance of experience undesirable side effects of this drug.

Tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to this medication or any other NSAID.
Inform your physician if you are already suffering from bleeding problems, heart disease, liver disease or high blood pressure.
Kidney problems can occur as a result of consuming this medication. So, drink a lot of fluids to avoid dehydration.
This drug can make you dizzy and drowsy. Therefore, avoid driving and operating machinery after taking your daily dose.
Avoid drinking alcohol since it can increase the risk of stomach bleeding, especially among senior citizens.
Avoid tanning booths and prolonged sun exposure since you will be more vulnerable to sunburns.

Self-care

Although it is possible for you to use this medication, it is not entirely safe to consume Diclofenac during the final stages of pregnancy. If you are planning on becoming pregnant, speak to your physician before you make any alterations to your dose schedule.

Diclofenac can be passed from the mother to the infant via breast milk. So, it is safer to avoid nursing your infant during the course of the treatment.

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