What is Diclofenac?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 379 157
Migraine 140 51
Fibromyalgia 62 29
Arthritis pain 58 28
Psoriatic Arthritis 56 21
Inflammation 50 18

Show all 183 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 43
Moderate 45
Mild 60
None 246

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diclofenac

Side effect Patients
Stomach upset 12
Nausea 11
Stomach pain 10
Acid reflux 8
Constipation 7
Heartburn 6

Show all 89 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diclofenac

Dosage Patients
1% as needed 19
75 mg twice daily 16
75 mg daily 8
50 mg twice daily 8
150 mg daily 7
50mg as needed 6
1 g four times daily 5
100 mg daily 5
sodium75mg as needed 4
1 g daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Diclofenac

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 147
Doctor's advice 91
Side effects too severe 81
Course of treatment ended 56
Other 56
Expense 17
Personal research 12
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 372 patients who’ve stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration

Currently taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 104
1 - 6 months 115
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 239
Usually 80
Sometimes 58
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 47
A little hard to take 78
Not at all hard to take 249
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 13
$25-49 29
< $25 162
Not specified 184

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diclofenac after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Naproxen Prescription (Naproxen 500) 9
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 4
Meloxicam (Mobic) 3
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 2
Indomethacin (Indocin) 2

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diclofenac and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Naproxen Prescription (Naproxen 500) 3
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 2
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 2
Meloxicam (Mobic) 2

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching to

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53 patient evaluations for Diclofenac

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

See Rejoice's full Diclofenac history

May 16, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain in hips)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Hip Bursitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Gillsie
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Gillsie
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 49
Condition: Ehlers Danlos 16 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Ehlers Danlos

See Gillsie's full Diclofenac history

Sep 16, 2015 (Started Sep 02, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Four times daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Wavewatcher
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Wavewatcher
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

See Wavewatcher's full Diclofenac history

Sep 7, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Knee Inflammation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 4, 2013 (Started Jun 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for inflamation in knees)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication is to be taken twice a day and if I can't take it I get to the place my knees will not work to get up the back steps to get in the house they hurt so bad. If I am to have surgery or anything they make me stop it and it just kills me for a week or so.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 28, 2010 (Started Jun 15, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for inflamation in knees)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Medications are set up once a week for 3 times a day and the drug does as intended.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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