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Diclofenac Sodium

What Is Diclofenac Sodium Used For?

Uses of the medication include the relief of:
Diclofenac sodium is not a cure for these types of arthritis, however, nor does it slow down the progression of the disease.
(Click What Is Diclofenac Sodium Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses for the drug.)

How Does It Work?

Diclofenac sodium belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Like other NSAIDs, it works by blocking a specific enzyme known as cyclooxygenase (COX), blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body.


By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, diclofenac sodium is useful at reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other diseases.

When and How Do I Take Diclofenac Sodium?

General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • It comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth.


  • It is usually recommended to take NSAIDs (like diclofenac sodium) with food to help prevent stomach upset. However, food may cause this medication to work more slowly.


  • Diclofenac sodium should be swallowed whole. They should not be chewed, crushed, or broken in half.


  • It may take several weeks for the full effects of diclofenac sodium to be felt.


  • 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.


  • Diclofenac sodium should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level of medication in your blood.


  • For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed.
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