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Cataflam Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is diclofenac (Cataflam)?
- What are the possible side effects of diclofenac (Cataflam)?
- What is the most important information I should know about diclofenac (Cataflam)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking diclofenac (Cataflam)?
- How should I take diclofenac (Cataflam)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Cataflam)?
- What happens if I overdose (Cataflam)?
- What should I avoid while taking diclofenac (Cataflam)?
- What other drugs will affect diclofenac (Cataflam)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Cataflam)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Cataflam)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, shallow breathing, and fainting.
What should I avoid while taking diclofenac (Cataflam)?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cold, allergy, or other pain medicine. Medicines similar to diclofenac are contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of this type of medication. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Diclofenac can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
What other drugs will affect diclofenac (Cataflam)?
Ask your doctor before using an antidepressant such as citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), or sertraline (Zoloft). Taking any of these medicines with an NSAID may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
- isoniazid (for treating tuberculosis);
- lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid);
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
- pronbenecid (Benemid);
- rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate);
- secobarbital (Seconal);
- sertraline (Zoloft);
- sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, Sulfatrim, SMX-TMP, and others);
- teniposide (Vumon);
- zafirlukast (Accolate);
- a diuretic (water pill) such as furosemide (Lasix).
- steroids (prednisone and others);
- antifungal medication such as fluconazole (Diflucan) or voriconazole (Vfend);
- aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others;
- cholesterol-lowering medicine such as fenofibrate (Antara, Fenoglide, Lipofen, Lofibra, TriCor, Triglide), fluvastatin (Lescol), or lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev, Advicor); or
- heart or blood pressure medication such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), benazepril (Lotensin), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), and others.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with diclofenac. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about diclofenac.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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