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Diclofenac Potassium

When and How Do I Take It?

Some general considerations for when and how to take diclofenac potassium include:
  • Diclofenac potassium comes in tablet, liquid-filled capsule, and powder form. It is taken by mouth.
  • It is usually recommended to take NSAIDs (like diclofenac potassium) with food to help prevent stomach upset. However, food may cause this medication to work more slowly. 


  • For the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, it may take diclofenac potassium several weeks to begin working to its full potential.
  • It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease the chances of serious side effects occurring.
  • Diclofenac potassium should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level of medicine in your blood (except when used to treat migraines, when it is only used during a migraine).


  • For diclofenac potassium to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed.


Diclofenac Potassium Dosing

The dose of diclofenac potassium that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The particular diclofenac potassium product
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Dosing With Diclofenac Potassium for more information about diclofenac potassium dosing.)
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