Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium)

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Cataflam (Diclofenac) Medication Information

Uses

Cataflam is indicated: 

  • For treatment of primary dysmenorrhea 
  • For relief of mild to moderate pain 
  • For relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • For relief of the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Dosage

The oral tablets are available in 50 mg strength. 

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Cataflam include:

  • Hypertension
  • GI bleeding
  • Heart failure
  • Edema
  • Renal toxicity 

Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for a full list of side effects that applies to you.

Precautions

Cataflam cannot be expected to substitute for corticosteroids or to treat corticosteroid insufficiency. Abrupt discontinuation of corticosteroids may lead to disease exacerbation. Patients on prolonged corticosteroid therapy should have their therapy tapered slowly if a decision is made to discontinue corticosteroids and the patient should be observed closely for any evidence of adverse effects, including adrenal insufficiency and exacerbation of symptoms of arthritis. 

The pharmacological activity of Cataflam in reducing fever and inflammation may diminish the utility of these diagnostic signs in detecting complications of presumed noninfectious, painful conditions.

Interactions

Some of the common drug interactions with Cataflam:

  • Voriconazole
  • Aspirin 

Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for more information. 

Storage

Store at controlled room temperature (68-77ºF). 

Pharmacist Tips

  • NSAIDs should only be used: exactly as prescribed, at the lowest dose possible for your treatment for the shortest time needed.
  • Increased risk of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death.
  • Do not take NSAIDs if you had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAIDs.

Diclofenac Potassium FAQs

Can I take this with food?

Can take with or without food.

 

Can I take this if I am pregnant?

Diclofenac may cause premature closure of the fetal ductus arteriosus Avoid use of NSAIDs, including Cataflam, in pregnant women starting at 30 weeks of gestation (third trimester)

 

Can I take this while breastfeeding?

Based on available data, diclofenac may be present in human milk. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for Cataflam and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed infant from the Cataflam or from the underlying maternal condition.

 

What are NSAIDs?

NSAIDs are used to treat pain and redness, swelling, and heat (inflammation) from medical conditions such as different types of arthritis, menstrual cramps, and other types of short term pain.

 

When should I seek emergency help?

If you have any of the following symptoms: 

  • shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • chest pain 
  • weakness in one part or side of your body 
  • slurred speech 
  • swelling of the face or throat

 

Can I take more than one NSAID at a time?

To minimize the risk of GI bleeding and ulceration, avoid administration of more than one NSAID at a time.

 

Related Drugs

Reference:

Cataflam {package insert}. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; 2016.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/020142s027lbl.pdf

PharmD Medical Writer

Author: Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Roybal is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who has practiced in both ambulatory and acute care settings. Her pharmacy interests include oncology and general inpatient pharmacy.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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