What is Pennsaid?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Diclofenac

Pennsaid® is an international brand of diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) taken to reduce inflammation and pain in conditions such as in arthritis or acute injury.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 10 5
Undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis 3 3
Ankylosing spondylitis 2 0
Osteoarthritis 2 1
Rheumatoid arthritis 2 1
Car accident 1 2

Show all 19 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 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pennsaid

Side effect Patients
Metallic taste in mouth 1
Oiliness on body 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pennsaid

Dosage Patients
1.5 % twice daily 2

Why patients stopped taking Pennsaid

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 3
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 1
See all 5 patients who've stopped taking Pennsaid

Duration

Currently taking Pennsaid

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1

Stopped taking Pennsaid

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 5
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 2
Not specified 6

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pennsaid after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Diclofenac Epolamine Patch (Flector Patch) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Pennsaid

Apr 30, 2012 (Started Mar 21, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for chronic pain syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Apr 13, 2012 (Started Mar 21, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for chronic pain syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This is a temporary stop-gap treatment. I usually use Voltaren Gel, but the manufacturer is back ordered until June. The Pennsaid does not really help much even though the active ingredients are the same. My guess is that the gel is absorbed more slowly into the body than the Pennsaid lotion. In any case, when the Voltaren Gel becomes available again, I will return to using that.

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