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 446 210
Migraine 153 64
Fibromyalgia 64 33
Psoriatic arthritis 63 24
Arthritis pain 62 32
Inflammation 59 28

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  • 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 318

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Diclofenac

Dosage Patients
75 mg twice daily 27
1% as needed 19
50 mg twice daily 13
75 mg daily 12
100 mg daily 9
150 mg daily 8
50mg as needed 7
1 % twice daily 5
75mg as needed 5
sodium25mg as needed 4

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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 58
Expense 18
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 408 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 14
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 66
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Diclofenac

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 119
1 - 6 months 119
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 289
Usually 101
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+ 6
$100-199 5
$50-99 14
$25-49 36
< $25 203
Not specified 222

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 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 25 treatments patients report switching to

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54 patient evaluations for Diclofenac

Mar 1, 2009 (Started Oct 16, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I was taking this for knee soreness but my knee isn't as sore anymore so I stopped taking this. Not sure if it really helped anyway.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 20, 2009 (Started Dec 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (flatulence, constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: That it does help with the pain and inflamation
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flatulence, constipation

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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