What is Diclofenac?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Voltaren Gel Voltaren Diclofenac Sodium PR Show all

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See also: Diclofenac-menthol-lidocaine-prilocaine-baclofen cream

Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) taken to reduce inflammation and pain in conditions such as in arthritis or acute injury. Preparations available as diclofenac sodium, diclofenac potassium, diclofenac epolamine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 467 225
Migraine 153 65
Fibromyalgia 66 36
Arthritis pain 65 35
Inflammation 63 33

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 50
Moderate 49
Mild 69
None 340

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diclofenac

Side effect Patients Percentage
Stomach pain 18
Nausea 13
Acid reflux 8
Constipation 7
Heartburn 7
Decreased kidney function 4

Show all 75 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diclofenac

Dosage Patients Percentage
75 mg twice daily 14
1% as needed 10
1 % four times daily 3
25 mg twice daily 3
50 mg twice daily 3
100 mg daily 2
150 mg daily 2
50 mg three times daily 2
1other as needed 2
sodium75mg as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Diclofenac

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 161
Doctor's advice 108
Side effects too severe 94
Other 65
Course of treatment ended 62
Expense 19
Personal research 13
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 422 patients who've stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration

Currently taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 124
1 - 6 months 120
6 months - 1 year 57
1 - 2 years 47
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 302
Usually 104
Sometimes 71
Never taken as prescribed 31
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 54
A little hard to take 90
Not at all hard to take 341
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 6
$100-199 5
$50-99 14
$25-49 36
< $25 209
Not specified 238

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diclofenac after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Naproxen (Naproxen Prescription) 18
Ibuprofen (Ibuprofen Prescription) 13
Meloxicam (Mobic) 11
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 4
Indomethacin (Indocin) 4

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diclofenac and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 8
Meloxicam (Mobic) 7
Naproxen (Naproxen Prescription) 5
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 2

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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54 patient evaluations for Diclofenac

Oct 18, 2018 (Started Jul 02, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: It does help my knee pain a little.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 23, 2017 (Started Jan 09, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Had kidney stones so stopped taking voltarol orally as much in favour of naproxen but i still have injections when i need to bypass my stomach which i do myself
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: UTI symptoms

Jul 6, 2010 (Started Jan 09, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (UTI symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have been taking Diclofenac or Voltarol for 16 years.... both orally and IM Injections, every day. I think this may have cause my continual ITI's and it may have led to my Kidney's not functioning correctly.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: UTI symptoms

  • 0 helpful marks

May 16, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hip bursitis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in hip(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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