Generic Name: Dicloran Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium) used for?

Dicloran® is used to relieve pain and inflammation in a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, gout, sprains, fractures, back pain, and following minor surgery.

Diclofenac is indicated for:

  • A form of arthritis (ankylosing spondylitis)
  • Acute gout
  • Inflammatory disease of the joints
  • Lower back pain
  • Musculoskeletal disorders such as tendon inflammation (tendinitis), sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain and inflammation in dental, orthopaedic and other minor surgery
  • Severe childhood inflammatory disease of the joints (juvenile chronic arthritis) in children aged 1-12

How should I take Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium)?

Your doctor will tell you how many tablets to take and when to take them.

Always follow his/her instructions carefully. The dose will be on the pharmacist label. Check the label carefully. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Keep taking your tablets for as long as you have been told. If you have any problems, talk to your doctor. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew the tablets. If possible, take the tablet at meal times.

Your doctor may prescribe another medicine at the same time to protect your stomach, particularly if you have ever had stomach problems before, you are elderly or you are taking certain other medicines as well.

How do I store Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium)?

Dicloran® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Dicloran® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Dicloran® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Dicloran® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Dicloran® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Do not take Dicloran® if you:

  • Are allergic to diclofenac sodium, aspirin, ibuprofen or any other NSAIDs, or to any of the other ingredients of Dicloran®. Signs of an allergic reaction include swelling of the face and mouth (angioedema), breathing problems, runny nose, skin rash or any other allergic type reaction.
  • Have ever had a stomach (gastric) or duodenal (peptic) ulcer, or bleeding in the digestive tract (this can include blood in vomit, bleeding when emptying bowels, fresh blood in feces or black, tarry feces).
  • Have had stomach or bowel problems after you have taken other NSAIDs.
  • Have severe heart, kidney or liver failure.
  • Are more than six months pregnant.
  • Are having an acute attack of porphyria.

Talk to your doctor before taking diclofenac tablets if any of the following apply to you:

  • Any stomach or bowel disorders including ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
  • Kidney or liver problems or you are elderly.
  • A condition called porphyria.
  • Any blood or bleeding disorder. If you do, your doctor may ask you to go for regular check-ups while you are taking these tablets.
  • Asthma, allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), nasal polyps (swelling or lumps in your nose), problems with your lungs including a long-term chest infection or had an allergic reaction to anything.
  • Heart problems or have had a stroke or you think you might be at risk of these conditions (for example, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or you are a smoker).
  • Lupus (SLE) or any similar condition.
  • An inherited intolerance to some sugars such as lactose. (Diclofenac Tablets contain a small amount of lactose).

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium)?

Some side effects can be serious Stop taking Dicloran® and tell your doctor immediately if you notice:

  • Stomach pain, indigestion, heartburn, wind, nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting (being sick)
  • Any sign of bleeding in the stomach or intestine, for example, when emptying your bowels, blood in vomit or black, tarry feces
  • Allergic reactions which can include skin rash, itching, bruising, painful red areas, peeling or blistering
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath (bronchospasm)
  • Swollen face, lips, hands or fingers
  • Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
  • A persistent sore throat or high temperature
  • An unexpected change in the amount of urine produced and/or its appearance
  • You bruise more easily than usual or have frequent sore throats or infections

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium)?

Dicloran® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium)?

Dicloran® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium)?

Dicloran® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium).

What is the dose of Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium) for an adult?

Adults

75 mg to 150 mg daily divided into two or three doses. The number of tablets which you take will depend on the strength the doctor has given you.

Elderly

Your doctor may give you a lower dose than the usual adult dose. He or she may want to check regularly that the diclofenac tablets are not affecting your stomach.

What is the dose of Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium) for a child?

Children over 12

75 mg to 150 mg daily divided into two or three doses. The number of tablets which you take will depend on the strength the doctor has given you.

Children aged 1 to 12 years

The 50 mg tablets are not recommended for use in children.

How is Dicloran® (diclofenac sodium) available?

Dicloran® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 50mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Dicloran®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: September 2, 2017 | Last Modified: September 2, 2017

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