Talk to your doctor before taking diclofenac if you have heart disease or high blood pressure. It could make your condition worse.
Common side effects include stomach pain, nausea, and others.
Diclofenac is a prescription drug. It is available in these forms: oral (capsules, tablets), eye drops, transdermal gel, transdermal patch, transdermal solution, and powder packets for oral solution.
Diclofenac is available in its generic form. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if the generic will work for you.
Oral diclofenac is used to treat:
- arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- mild to moderate pain
- painful menstrual cramps
Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
The drug works by blocking a particular enzyme in your body. When the enzyme is blocked, your body decreases the amount of inflammatory chemicals it makes. This helps to reduce inflammation and pain.
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Content developed in collaboration with Susan J. Bliss, RPh, MBA
Medically reviewed by Stacey Boudreaux, PharmD and Alan Carter, PharmD on February 3, 2015