The drug Diclofenac is a part of a group of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and there used for the main purpose of treating mild to moderate pain conditions, fevers as well as inflammation problems. Some other members of this class would include ibuprofen (Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), nabumetone (Relafen), naproxen (Aleve) as well as several others. The way Diclofenac works is it blocks out the enzyme that creates prostaglandines (cyclooxygenase) which leads to a decreased production of prostaglandines. As a result problems such as inflammation, pain and fever are lessened.
What are some of the more common potential side effects?
Understand that the majority of side effects pertaining to this drug involve the gastrointestinal system. These would be the following:
Serious gastrointestinal bleeding
There are some cases where you can get stomach ulcerations and bleeding without there being any abdominal pain present. Things such as black tarry stools, weakness as well as dizziness when standing might also be signs of internal bleeding.
Additional common potential side effects include:
Ringing in the ears
Lightheadedness are also seen
Potential allergic reactions
Can you take Diclofenac with some over the counter NSAIDs to increase effectiveness?
There are going to be some people that find taking a medication such as Diclofenac works just fine for them and the pain problem they have at the moment. There’s no reason to do anything such as increasing the dosage (which wouldn’t be good if you didn’t have a doctors say so to do it). But other people are convinced that because these drugs aren’t designed to carry that much risk, they can do other things in order to make them work better.
What some people try to do is take over the counter NSAIDs in order to increase the effects of a drug such as Diclofenac. This is very dangerous to do for the following reasons:
Diclofenac is prescription grade, which means that it works pretty well on it’s own. If you’ve been prescribed it, then there’s a chance the pain condition you have can’t be helped by means of using over the counter options to begin with otherwise this is what would have been recommended. By taking over the counter NSAIDs with this drug you put yourself in danger of increased and or more serious potential side effects.
When you take over the counter options with this prescription medications, then you might not take seriously the dosage you’re taking. This means you can end up taking more than even the dosage for the prescription grade NSAID you’re using. You don’t want to do this. If a drug such as Diclofenac isn’t working for you, then you need to speak with a doctor and try to understand why this might be the case. There’s no need to put your health in danger.
Over the counter options are designed to work with specific types ofpain that are usually temporary in nature. Some examples of these would include pain associated with some sort of dental problem, strains, sprains or other injuries. A prescription drug such as Diclofenac is designed for treatment of more serious problems that can be debilitating in nature. Mixing it with any over the counter options is something you should stay away from.