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What is Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol?
Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol is a combination medicine of NSAID (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (Diclofenac Sodium)) and acid reducer (Misoprostol) that not only reduces inflammation and pain in the body but also reduces stomach acid and reinstates protective substances in the stomach that are destroyed by NSAIDs. This medication is primarily used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in people who are at a high risk of developing stomach or intestinal ulcers.
Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol gastro medication functions by lowering hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. It is sold under various trade names across the globe, one of which is Arthrotec (made by Pharmacia, UK). Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol may also be prescribed for conditions not mentioned here.
Important Information about Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol
Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol gastro medication (Arthrotec) is classified as a FDA pregnancy category X drug and hence, it is strictly not recommended during pregnancy. If taken while being pregnant, Misoprostol can result in premature labor, miscarriage, ruptured uterus, or birth defects. Diclofenac can also cause birth defects if taken in the last trimester of the pregnancy. Make sure to use a good contraceptive method. Notify your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while taking Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol medication. This medication can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Ask your doctor if it is safe for your baby and you to take this medication while you are breast feeding.
Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol usage may lead to life threatening heart or circulatory problems such as heart attack or stroke, especially if taken for a prolonged period. This medication is not recommended just before or after a heart bypass surgery. You must seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or difficulties in vision or balance after taking Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol.
Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol may also impact stomach or intestines severely by causing bleeding or perforation in them. Inform your doctor right away if you witness symptoms of stomach and intestinal bleeding such as stools which are black, bloody, or tarry in appearance; bloody cough or vomit that resembles coffee grounds. These effects can be dangerous and fatal and come up without any warning while you are on Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol treatment. The risk is high, especially in older adults. Avoid alcohol while taking this medication as alcohol can complicate the conditions and put you on a higher risk of bleeding.
Before taking Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol
Do not take Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol medication (Arthrotec) if you are allergic to any of its active ingredient that is Diclofenac Sodium or Misoprostol or if you have allergies towards other drugs like aspirin and other NSAIDs. Remember to take care of all precautions and points mentioned above before taking this medication. Discuss them with your doctor thoroughly.
To ensure safe use of Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol medication, let your doctor know in advance if you have any of these conditions: asthma; polyps in your nose; porphyria; bleeding or blood clotting disorder; if you smoke; if you have a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot; liver or kidney disease; heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, or a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding.
How should I take Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol?
Take Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol gastro medication (Arthrotec) strictly according to your doctor’s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also, do not take this medication after the prescribed period is over.
Take Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol tablet with a full glass of water and ensure that you swallow the table whole. Avoid crushing, breaking, or chewing the pill. Taking this medication with food will reduce the chances of stomach upset. Always store Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol medication in a cool and dry place.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol medication, take it as soon as you remember. Don’t take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to excess medication in your body which can be harmful.
What if I overdose?
In case of an overdose of Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol, get emergency medical attention or call the Poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose may lead to drowsiness, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, shortness of breath, light headedness, or fainting.
Things and Activities to avoid while taking Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol
Certain antacids can make it tougher for Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol to absorb in your body. Do not take any antacids without your doctor’s advice. Many medications contain NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen. Read the medicine labels carefully and avoid NSAIDs while taking this medication. Alcohol consumption is also not recommended while taking Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol.
Side Effects due to Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol
Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol gastro medication (Arthrotec) like all medications has the potential of causing side effects. Some of the common side effects due to this medication are black, bloody or tarry stools; bloody cough or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; increased blood pressure; diarrhea; upset stomach; nausea; heartburn; stomach pain; constipation; or drowsiness.
The side effects mentioned above are the not the only ones and there may be other side effects which may be rare and serious. Seek medical attention immediately if you get serious side effects while taking Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol medication. You may also report your side effects to FDA by calling in at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol Dosing Information
Diclofenac Sodium-Misoprostol dosage will be fixed by your doctor after examining you properly. Dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Stick to your doctor’s prescription strictly.
Interaction with other drugs
Some drugs can interact with Diclofenac Sodium – Misoprostol. Let your doctor know in advance if you are using any of these interacting drugs presently: blood thinner like warfarin, cyclosporine, digoxin, diuretic, insulin or oral diabetes medications, lithium, methotrexate, steroids, voriconazole, aspirin or other NSAIDs, or an ACE inhibitor like benazepril, enalapril, or others.
The drugs mentioned here are not the only ones that can interact with Diclofenac Sodium-Misoprostol. There may be others as well. Share the list of all types of medications and related products which you are using with your doctor and never start a new medication without his or her advice.