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 457 223
Migraine 153 66
Fibromyalgia 66 36
Arthritis pain 62 32
Inflammation 61 30

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  • 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 50
Mild 69
None 334

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diclofenac

Side effect Patients Percentage
Stomach pain 18
Nausea 12
Acid reflux 9
Heartburn 8
Constipation 7
Decreased kidney function 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diclofenac

Dosage Patients Percentage
75 mg twice daily 20
1% as needed 19
100 mg daily 6
50 mg twice daily 6
75 mg daily 5
150 mg daily 4
50 mg three times daily 4
50mg as needed 4
1 % twice daily 3
1 % four times daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Diclofenac

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 160
Doctor's advice 105
Side effects too severe 94
Other 66
Course of treatment ended 61
Expense 19
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 417 patients who've stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration

Currently taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 17

Stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 119
1 - 6 months 122
6 months - 1 year 58
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 299
Usually 104
Sometimes 72
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 24
Somewhat hard to take 55
A little hard to take 88
Not at all hard to take 336
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 6
$100-199 5
$50-99 14
$25-49 36
< $25 209
Not specified 233

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diclofenac after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Naproxen Prescription (Naprosyn) 17
Meloxicam (Mobic) 10
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 6
Indomethacin (Indocin) 4
Ibuprofen (Advil) 3

Show all 40 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diclofenac and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Meloxicam (Mobic) 7
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 6
Naproxen Prescription (Naprosyn) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 2

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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55 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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