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 457 219
Migraine 154 66
Fibromyalgia 66 36
Arthritis pain 63 32
Psoriatic arthritis 62 25

Show all 166 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 51
Mild 69
None 328

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diclofenac

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

Show all 75 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diclofenac

Dosage Patients
1% as needed 20
75 mg twice daily 19
100 mg daily 12
75 mg daily 9
50 mg twice daily 8
50mg as needed 7
1 % twice daily 5
150 mg daily 5
50 mg daily 4
75 mg three times daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Diclofenac

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 160
Doctor's advice 105
Side effects too severe 94
Other 63
Course of treatment ended 60
Expense 19
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 413 patients who've stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration

Currently taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 62
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 120
1 - 6 months 122
6 months - 1 year 58
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 296
Usually 104
Sometimes 71
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 24
Somewhat hard to take 55
A little hard to take 88
Not at all hard to take 330
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 5
$50-99 14
$25-49 36
< $25 206
Not specified 230

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diclofenac after stopping:

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

Show all 40 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diclofenac and switched to:

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

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching to

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55 patient evaluations for Diclofenac

Dec 6, 2008 (Started Jan 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Advice & Tips: It reduces or eliminates joint pain

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 24, 2009 (Started Jun 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 16, 2009 (Started Sep 16, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for arthritis pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (rectal bleeding, ringing in ears (tinnitus))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I honestly don't see any change in my pain levels when I take this versus when I don't.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: ringing in ears (tinnitus), rectal bleeding

Jun 17, 2008 (Started Sep 16, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for arthritis pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (rectal bleeding)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: ringing in ears (tinnitus), rectal bleeding

  • 1 helpful mark
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