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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you carry Diclofenac (Cataflam/Voltaflam/Voveran/Voltaren)?

Short Answer

Yes. Look for it under Arthritis or Pain medications.

Long Answer

Diclofenac (dye KLOE fen ak) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) often used to control the pain and inflammation associated with some forms of arthritis, gout, rheumatic disease, and pain relief after operations.

It is sometimes used 'off label' to help with inflammation or chronic pain associated with cancer.

Trade names for Diclofenac include: Abitren, Arthrotec (in combination with Misoprostol), Cataflam, Dedolor, Deflamat, Diclac, Diclofenacum, Dicloflex, Diclogem, Diclohexal, Diclon, Difen, Difene, Flector patch, Modifenac, Morbidic (India), Naklofen, Olfen, Panamor, Pennsaid, Rhumalgan, Sandoz, Topac, Vetagesic, Voltaren, Voltarol, Voltfast, Vostar, Votalin, Voveran, Zipsor, Zolterol.

Additional Information

WebMD.com: Diclofenac Sodium Oral : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Pictures, Warnings & Dosing - WebMD
Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this drug. Swallow this medication whole. Do not crush, chew, or break the tablets. Doing so can destroy the special coating on the tablet and may increase side effects. If you experience stomach upset with this medication, you may take it with food, milk, or an antacid. However, this may slow absorption and delay pain relief, especially if you are not taking this medication on a regular schedule.
Drugs.com: Diclofenac sodium patient advice including side effects
Side effects may include: Abdominal bleeding, abdominal pain or cramps, abdominal swelling, anemia, blood clotting problems, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fluid retention, gas, headache, heartburn, indigestion, itching, nausea, peptic ulcers, rash, ringing in the ears, vomiting.
MayoClinic.com: Diclofenac (Oral Route) Proper Use
For safe and effective use of this medicine, do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than ordered by your doctor. Taking too much of this medicine may increase the chance of unwanted effects. When used for severe or continuing arthritis, this medicine must be taken regularly as ordered by your doctor in order for it to help you. This medicine usually begins to work within one week, but in severe cases up to two weeks or even longer may pass before you begin to feel better. Also, several weeks may pass before you feel the full effects of this medicine.
NetDoctor.co.uk: Voltarol tablets (diclofenac) How does it work?
Voltarol e/c tablets have a special 'enteric coating' that is designed to prevent the absorption of the diclofenac in the stomach, and thus reduce the risk of stomach irritation and indigestion. The diclofenac is absorbed when the tablet reaches the intestine. The tablets should be swallowed whole to avoid damaging this coating.
MedicineNet.com: diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam) - drug class, medical uses, medication side effects, and drug interactions by MedicineNet.com
The most common side effects of diclofenac involve the gastrointestinal system. It can cause ulcerations, abdominal burning, pain, cramping, nausea, gastritis, and even serious gastrointestinal bleeding and liver toxicity. Sometimes, stomach ulceration and bleeding can occur without any abdominal pain. Black tarry stools, weakness, and dizziness upon standing may be the only signs of internal bleeding. Rash, kidney impairment, ringing in the ears, and lightheadedness are also seen. People who are allergic to other NSAIDs should not use diclofenac. NSAIDs reduce the flow of blood to the kidneys and impair function of the kidneys. The impairment is most likely to occur in patients with already reduced kidney function or congestive heart failure, and use of NSAIDs in these patients should be done cautiously. Individuals with asthma are more likely to experience allergic reactions to diclofenac and other NSAIDs. Fluid retention, blood clots, heart attacks, hypertension and heart failure have also been associated with the use of NSAIDs.
Drugs.com: Consumer Information
Voltaren and Cataflam are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis and stiffness of the spine). Voltaren-XR, the extended-release form of Voltaren, is used only for long-term treatment. Cataflam is also prescribed for immediate relief of pain and menstrual discomfort.