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 428 204
Migraine 153 67
Fibromyalgia 64 34
Psoriatic arthritis 62 25
Arthritis pain 61 30
Inflammation 60 28

Show all 174 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 49
Moderate 52
Mild 73
None 306

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diclofenac

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 19
Nausea 13
Upset stomach 13
Acid reflux 10
Heartburn 8
Constipation 7

Show all 94 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diclofenac

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 25
1% as needed 18
75 mg daily 11
50 mg twice daily 10
150 mg daily 9
50 mg three times daily 4
50mg as needed 4
sodium50mg as needed 4
sodium75mg as needed 4
1 g daily 3

See all 55 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Diclofenac

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 156
Doctor's advice 97
Side effects too severe 91
Other 62
Course of treatment ended 57
Expense 18
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 398 patients who've stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration

Currently taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 59
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 114
1 - 6 months 123
6 months - 1 year 56
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 288
Usually 102
Sometimes 65
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 55
A little hard to take 89
Not at all hard to take 313
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 4
$50-99 14
$25-49 35
< $25 209
Not specified 214

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diclofenac after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Naproxen Prescription (Naprosyn) 12
Meloxicam (Mobic) 9
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 5
Indomethacin (Indocin) 3
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 3

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diclofenac and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 6
Meloxicam (Mobic) 5
Naproxen Prescription (Naprosyn) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 2

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching to

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53 patient evaluations for Diclofenac

Mar 23, 2017 (Started Jan 09, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • 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 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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