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 410 185
Migraine 150 62
Arthritis pain 62 30
Fibromyalgia 62 31
Psoriatic Arthritis 59 24
Inflammation 55 23

Show all 186 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 51
Mild 67
None 279

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diclofenac

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 17
Upset stomach 13
Nausea 12
Acid reflux 9
Constipation 7
Heartburn 7

Show all 95 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diclofenac

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 23
1% as needed 16
50 mg twice daily 12
150 mg daily 9
50mg as needed 9
75 mg daily 8
100 mg daily 6
sodium75mg as needed 6
1 g daily 4
1 g four times daily 4

See all 52 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Diclofenac

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 151
Doctor's advice 95
Side effects too severe 87
Other 59
Course of treatment ended 58
Expense 18
Personal research 13
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 385 patients who’ve stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration

Currently taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 54
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 110
1 - 6 months 122
6 months - 1 year 54
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 262
Usually 95
Sometimes 64
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 21
Somewhat hard to take 51
A little hard to take 86
Not at all hard to take 286
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 4
$50-99 13
$25-49 35
< $25 187
Not specified 201

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diclofenac after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Naproxen Prescription (Naproxen 500) 11
Meloxicam (Mobic) 7
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 6
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 3
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 2

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diclofenac and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 4
Naproxen Prescription (Naproxen 500) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
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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butterfly74
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butterfly74
Gender: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
Description:F42y
FM:8y Dx
CFS:7y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See butterfly74's full Diclofenac history

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

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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

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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: 50
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

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