Diclofenac potassium is a pain-relief medication that is commonly used to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, painful menstrual periods, and general pain. It works by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. The medication is available in several strengths and comes in the form of a tablet, liquid-filled capsule, and powder.
What Is Diclofenac Potassium?
Diclofenac potassium (Cambia™, Cataflam®, Zipsor™) is part of a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Diclofenac potassium is used to reduce pain, inflammation, swelling, and/or stiffness caused by several conditions.
As with any medicine, diclofenac potassium may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects with diclofenac potassium include (but are not limited to):
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