What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that people using NSAIDs, including diclofenac sodium, may be at higher risk for heart attack or stroke than those who do not take NSAIDs. This warning does not apply to those who take aspirin, however. This risk may be higher in people who have been taking NSAIDs for a long time. These events can occur without warning and can lead to death. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any of the following:
- Heart disease or a heart attack
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol.
You should also talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking diclofenac sodium if you have:
- Congestive heart failure
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Bleeding problems (or if you are taking medicine that decreases the blood's ability to clot)
- Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of either condition
- Any allergies to medicines, including aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Diclofenac and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Diclofenac and Breastfeeding)
- Drink alcohol frequently
- Are having or have recently had heart surgery.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Diclofenac Sodium to learn more, including information on who should not take diclofenac sodium.)