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Be careful with diclofenac

  1. The choice of painkillers is enormous. The most commonly used is paracetamol. But what if paracetamol doesn't really help anymore? Often, diclofenac is chosen. Also with headaches. That can be a dangerous trend. All the more so because diclofenac (25 mg) is available at pharmacies without a prescription. The side effects can also be serious, especially in the elderly, especially when diclofenac is taken in combination with other medicines. Varying from stomach and intestinal bleeding to palpitations, depression and liver function disorders.

Contents

  1. What is diclofenac? Non-selective NSAIDs When can I use diclofenac? Never use diclofenac if you have the following conditions Addiction A selection from the long list of side effects Interaction with other medications Diclofenac in pregnancy Diclofenac in children The elderly and diclofenac First to the doctor for the best advice

What is diclofenac?

  1. Diclofenac, also known by the brand names Voltaren and Cataflam, is part of the group of non-selective NSAIDs, or anti-inflammatory drugs that reduce pain, swelling and fever. Other examples of NSAIDs are ibuprofen, naproxen and indocid. Diclofenac is often prescribed for joint disorders

When can I use diclofenac?

  1. Diclofenac is mainly intended for pain relief

Addiction

  1. Like most painkillers, diclofenac also promotes addiction, especially with long-term use

A selection from the long list of side effects

  1. Especially in combination with other medications - such as aspirin, antidepressants - there is an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding

Interaction with other drugs

  1. Before using diclofenac as an over-the-counter drug

Diclofenac during pregnancy

  1. It is now known that anti-inflammatory drugs, such as diclofenac, ibuprofen and naproxen, can interfere with fertility. The general advice is therefore to avoid NSAIDs at least during the fertile period. Furthermore, it is better not to use diclofenac at all during pregnancy

Diclofenac in children

  1. Diclofenac is prescribed for rheumatic diseases. Also to children. As with chronic juvenile rheumatism

Elderly people and diclofenac

  1. Diclofenac as a self-care remedy for the elderly should raise everyone's eyebrows. On average, the elderly take

First to the doctor for the best advice

  1. The above list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it intended to frighten you. It just wants to make you aware that you shouldn't take diclofenac or it is a regular pain reliever like the "harmless" acetaminophen. If this article can contribute to that, then the goal has been achieved. Diclofenac is not a harmless pain reliever, even though it is available at pharmacies without a prescription. Always go to the doctor first if paracetamol does not help or no longer helps if you have complaints. There are always alternatives that are safe. Diclofenac is also safe when used wisely. And who better to determine that than your doctor.

  2. The above list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it intended to frighten you. It just wants to make you aware that you shouldn't take diclofenac or it's a regular pain reliever like the "harmless" paracetamol. If this article can contribute to that, then the goal has been achieved. Diclofenac is not a harmless pain reliever, even though it is available at pharmacies without a prescription. Always go to the doctor first if paracetamol does not help or no longer helps if you have complaints. There are always alternatives that are safe. Diclofenac is also safe when used wisely. And who better to determine that than your doctor.



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