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 445 212
Migraine 154 66
Fibromyalgia 65 35
Psoriatic arthritis 64 25
Arthritis pain 62 32
Inflammation 60 30

Show all 173 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 70
None 317

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Diclofenac

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 19
Upset stomach 13
Nausea 12
Acid reflux 9
Heartburn 8
Constipation 7

Show all 93 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diclofenac

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 28
1% as needed 20
75 mg daily 12
50 mg twice daily 12
100 mg daily 9
150 mg daily 9
50mg as needed 6
1 % twice daily 4
75mg as needed 4
sodium25mg as needed 4

See all 58 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Diclofenac

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 158
Doctor's advice 103
Side effects too severe 94
Other 62
Course of treatment ended 59
Expense 18
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 409 patients who've stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration

Currently taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 62
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 17

Stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 119
1 - 6 months 120
6 months - 1 year 58
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 288
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 321
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 4
$50-99 14
$25-49 36
< $25 203
Not specified 224

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Diclofenac after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Naproxen Prescription (Naprosyn) 17
Meloxicam (Mobic) 9
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 6
Indomethacin (Indocin) 4
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 3

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Diclofenac and switched to:

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

Show all 22 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 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 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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