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Diclofenac sodium Oral Precautions and Side Effects


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Generic Name: DICLOFENAC SODIUM SUSTAINED-ACTION TABLET - ORAL
Pronounced: (dye-KLOE-fen-ack SOE-dee-um)

Diclofenac sodium Oral Precautions

Before taking diclofenac, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to aspirin or other NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:

  • asthma (including a history of worsening breathing after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs)
  • bleeding or clotting problems
  • dehydration
  • heart disease (such as congestive heart failure, previous heart attack)
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • growths in the nose (nasal polyps)
  • stomach/intestinal/esophagus problems (such as bleeding, ulcers, recurring heartburn)
  • stroke

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.

This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco, especially when combined with this medicine, may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcohol and stop smoking. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths or sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.

Older adults may be at greater risk for stomach/intestinal bleeding and kidney effects while using this drug.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It is not recommended for use during the first and last trimesters of pregnancy due to possible harm to the unborn baby and interference with normal labor/delivery. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before using this medication.

This drug passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Diclofenac sodium Oral Side Effects

See also Warning section.

Upset stomach, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, gas, headache, tiredness, drowsiness, and dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:



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