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 392 167
Migraine 147 56
Fibromyalgia 61 29
Arthritis pain 60 28
Psoriatic Arthritis 56 23
Inflammation 52 20

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 47
Moderate 47
Mild 63
None 257

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diclofenac

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 15
Nausea 12
Upset stomach 12
Acid reflux 9
Constipation 7
Heartburn 7

Show all 93 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diclofenac

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 21
1% as needed 17
50 mg twice daily 13
75 mg daily 10
100 mg daily 7
150 mg daily 6
sodium75mg as needed 6
50mg as needed 4
1 g daily 3
1 g four times daily 3

See all 53 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Diclofenac

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 149
Doctor's advice 92
Side effects too severe 84
Other 56
Course of treatment ended 55
Expense 17
Personal research 12
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 374 patients who’ve stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration

Currently taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 106
1 - 6 months 117
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 245
Usually 88
Sometimes 59
Never taken as prescribed 22
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 21
Somewhat hard to take 49
A little hard to take 81
Not at all hard to take 263
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 13
$25-49 32
< $25 171
Not specified 191

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diclofenac after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Naproxen Prescription (Naproxen 500) 10
Meloxicam (Mobic) 6
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 4
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 3
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 2

Show all 27 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 18 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: None
  • 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: g
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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