What is diclofenac sodium

Diclofenac sodium is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and manage fever. It belongs to a class of drugs known as NSAIDs, which are widely used for their analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory and antipyretic (fever-reducing) properties.

What is diclofenac sodium

Diclofenac sodium works by stopping the production of certain chemicals called prostaglandins in the body. Prostaglandins are responsible for promoting inflammation, pain and fever, so by reducing their production, diclofenac helps to reduce these symptoms.

The drug is available in various forms, including oral tablets, capsules, and topical gels or creams. It may be prescribed for a number of conditions, such as arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis), musculoskeletal pain, toothache, menstrual cramps, and other types of pain and inflammation.

It is important to note that like all drugs, diclofenac sodium can have potential side effects and interactions with other drugs. Common side effects may include stomach upset, gastrointestinal ulcers, bleeding and in some cases, an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Individuals with a history of stomach ulcers, bleeding disorders, heart problems, or allergies to NSAIDs should consult a health care professional before taking diclofenac sodium.

As always, it is important to follow your healthcare provider's directions and dosage recommendations when using diclofenac sodium or any other medicine.