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Diclofenac is a custom pharmacy drug classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Diclofenac is prescribed for patients who suffer from pain and inflammation due to a variety of medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cramps, migraine headaches (powder form) and more.


Diclofenac can be delivered in many forms including tablets, extended-release tablets, liquid-filled capsules, hard gelatin capsules, delayed-release tablet for intestinal release, and packets of powder for a solution to be combined with water. As each form of delivery may have specific instructions and dosage directions, consult with your doctor and follow your doctor‘s detailed instructions for taking this drug. Your compounding pharmacist can prepare the drug into any form that you need; talk with your doctor about which form is best for your condition.


Side effects may differ from patient to patient and it is wise to monitor all side effects even if they seem mild to you. Common side effects seen with diclofenac are:

  • Stomach Pain
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea and/or Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Swelling (arms and legs)
  • Pain (arms and legs)
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Headaches
  • Itching
  • Increased Sweating

If any of the above are lingering or seem to be getting worse, talk to your doctor. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

Possible Signs Of Allergic Reaction:

  • Swelling (face, tongue, throat, lips)
  • Runny Nose
  • Hives
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Wheezing

If you experience any signs of a heart attack or stroke, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

Possible Signs of Heart Attack or Stroke:

  • Slurred Speech
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain that Spreads to your Shoulder or Jaw
  • Sudden Numbness on One Side of Body
  • Weakness on One Side of Body

NOTE: There are many other side effects or symptoms that can occur while using diclofenac. Monitor your body and report any unusual or new side effects or symptoms to your doctor right away.


The list of conditions, diseases, and negative drug interactions of which the use of diclofenac may be contraindicated is long. No one should take this drug without first completing a full medical review and drug interaction overview with their primary care doctor.

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