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 454 215
Migraine 154 66
Fibromyalgia 66 36
Arthritis pain 63 32
Psoriatic arthritis 63 25

Show all 169 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 48
Moderate 51
Mild 69
None 325

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 74 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diclofenac

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 25
1% as needed 21
75 mg daily 12
100 mg daily 11
50 mg twice daily 10
150 mg daily 7
50mg as needed 7
1 % twice daily 5
50 mg three times daily 4
1other as needed 4

See all 59 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Diclofenac

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 159
Doctor's advice 105
Side effects too severe 94
Other 62
Course of treatment ended 60
Expense 19
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 411 patients who've stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration

Currently taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 67
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 120
1 - 6 months 121
6 months - 1 year 58
1 - 2 years 42
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 295
Usually 102
Sometimes 70
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 55
A little hard to take 87
Not at all hard to take 328
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 5
$50-99 14
$25-49 36
< $25 204
Not specified 228

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diclofenac after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Naproxen Prescription (Naprosyn) 17
Meloxicam (Mobic) 11
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 6
Indomethacin (Indocin) 4
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 3

Show all 39 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 25 treatments patients report switching to

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54 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 hip(s))
  • 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 29, 2015 (Started Jul 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for spondyloarthropathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure you hydrate with this

  • 0 helpful marks
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