This medicine contains the active ingredient diclofenac which is also called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), or just 'anti-inflammatory'. NSAIDs are used to ease pain, stiffness and inflammation of conditions that affect muscles, bones and joints. Diclofenac is also used to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling in the injuries of tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints, for example sprains, strains, contusions, back pain (sports injuries); for localized forms of soft tissue rheumatism: tendinitis (inflammation of the tendons, eg. Tennis elbow), bursitis, shoulder-arm syndrome and periarthritis (joint disease); for moderate forms of arthritis (inflammation of the joints) of the knees or fingers. Diclofenac, as well as other NSAIDs, eases pain and inflammation by blocking the production of chemicals called ‘prostaglandins’, which are produced at sites of injury or damage.
Is Diclofenac suitable for me?
Diclofenac is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to diclofenac, other NSAIDs or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are in the last trimester of pregnancy
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- it is meant for the child under 12 years
- you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding
- it should not be applied to damaged skin (open wounds or diseased skin), the mucous membranes and eyes
Diclofenac interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Diclofenac?
This medicine is available in form of gel.
You should take diclofenac exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- Usually, you should apply thin layer to the affected area 3 to 4 times a day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Do not apply two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Diclofenac side effects?
Like all medicines diclofenac can cause side effects, including:
- increased skin sensitivity to sunlight
- swelling or redness of the skin
- burning or itching
- allergic reactions
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.