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In 718 patients treated for shorter periods, i.e., 2 weeks or less, with Cataflam® (diclofenac potassium immediate-release tablets), adverse reactions were reported one-half to one-tenth as frequently as by patients treated for longer periods. In a 6-month, double-blind trial comparing Cataflam (diclofenac potassium immediate-release tablets) (N=196) versus Voltaren® (diclofenac sodium delayed-release tablets) (N=197) versus ibuprofen (N=197), adverse reactions were similar in nature and frequency.
In patients taking Cataflam (diclofenac potassium immediate-release tablets) or other NSAIDs, the most frequently reported adverse experiences occurring in approximately 1%-10% of patients are:
Additional adverse experiences reported occasionally include:
Body as a Whole: fever, infection, sepsis
Metabolic and Nutritional: weight changes
Special Senses: blurred vision
Other adverse reactions, which occur rarely are:
Body as a Whole: anaphylactic reactions, appetite changes, death
Metabolic and Nutritional: hyperglycemia
Nervous System: convulsions, coma, hallucinations, meningitis
Respiratory System: respiratory depression, pneumonia
Special Senses: conjunctivitis, hearing impairment
Read the Cataflam (diclofenac potassium immediate-release tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
Aspirin: When Cataflam (diclofenac potassium immediate-release tablets) is administered with aspirin, its protein binding is reduced. The clinical significance of this interaction is not known; however, as with other NSAIDs, concomitant administration of diclofenac and aspirin is not generally recommended because of the potential of increased adverse effects.
Methotrexate: NSAIDs have been reported to competitively inhibit methotrexate accumulation in rabbit kidney slices. This may indicate that they could enhance the toxicity of methotrexate. Caution should be used when NSAIDs are administered concomitantly with methotrexate.
Cyclosporine: Cataflam (diclofenac potassium immediate-release tablets) , like other NSAIDs, may affect renal prostaglandins and increase the toxicity of certain drugs. Therefore, concomitant therapy with Cataflam (diclofenac potassium immediate-release tablets) may increase cyclosporine's nephrotoxicity. Caution should be used when Cataflam (diclofenac potassium immediate-release tablets) is administered concomitantly with cyclosporine.
ACE Inhibitors: Reports suggest that NSAIDs may diminish the antihypertensive effect of ACE inhibitors. This interaction should be given consideration in patients taking NSAIDs concomitantly with ACE inhibitors.
Furosemide: Clinical studies, as well as postmarketing observations, have shown that Cataflam (diclofenac potassium immediate-release tablets) can reduce the natriuretic effect of furosemide and thiazides in some patients. This response has been attributed to inhibition of renal prostaglandin synthesis. During concomitant therapy with NSAIDs, the patient should be observed closely for signs of renal failure (see WARNINGS, Renal Effects), as well as to assure diuretic efficacy.
Lithium: NSAIDs have produced an elevation of plasma lithium levels and a reduction in renal lithium clearance. The mean minimum lithium concentration increased 15% and the renal clearance was decreased by approximately 20%. These effects have been attributed to inhibition of renal prostaglandin synthesis by the NSAID. Thus, when NSAIDs and lithium are administered concurrently, subjects should be observed carefully for signs of lithium toxicity.
Warfarin: The effects of warfarin and NSAIDs on GI bleeding are synergistic, such that users of both drugs together have a risk of serious GI bleeding higher than users of either drug alone.
CYP2C9 Inhibitors or Inducers: Diclofenac is metabolized by cytochrome P450 enzymes, predominantly by CYP2C9. Co-administration of diclofenac with CYP2C9 inhibitors (e.g. voriconazole) may enhance the exposure and toxicity of diclofenac whereas co-administration with CYP2C9 inducers (e.g. rifampin) may lead to compromised efficacy of diclofenac. Use caution when dosing diclofenac with CYP2C9 inhibitors or inducers, a dosage adjustment may be warranted (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Pharmacokinetics, Drug Interactions).
Read the Cataflam Drug Interactions Center for a complete guide to possible interactions
Last reviewed on RxList: 4/7/2011
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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