Cataflam or Diclofenac is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. Cataflam helps treat mild to moderate pain or signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, it can also relieve menstrual cramps.
The use of Cataflam can increase the risk of a heart attack or fatal stroke, especially if you use it in the long run, in high doses, or if you suffer from heart disease. Do not use it before or after heart bypass surgery.
Cataflam can also cause gastrointestinal bleeding – which can be fatal. This condition can occur without warning, particularly in the elderly.
Dosing Considerations for Cataflam (Diclofenac)
- It may come in a capsule, sodium release tablet, or sodium enteric-coated tablet.
- Maximum dose for adults: 150 mg daily.
- Capsule for adults: 35 mg 3 times daily.
- Sodium release tablet for adults: 100 mg orally once a day, 50 mg consumption 2 or 3 times daily.
- Sodium enteric-coated tablet for adults: 50 mg for 2 or 3 times daily or 75 mg for 2 times daily.
Condition: Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Maximum dose for adults: 125 mg per day.
- Enteric-coated and slow-releasing tablet: 25 mg orally 4 times daily. An additional dose of 25 mg can be taken before bedtime if necessary.
- Immediate-release tablet for adults: 50 mg by consumption 3 times daily.
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Type of immediate-release sodium tablets for adults: 50 mg consumption 3 or 4 times a day.
- Enteric-coated and long-release sodium tablets for adults: 50 mg orally 3 4 times a day or 75 mg orally twice a day with the maximum dose for adults: 225 mg per day.
- Sodium release tablet for adults: 100 mg orally once a day with a maximum dose of 100 mg orally 2 times a day.
- For oral solution: 50 mg (1 packet) orally once.
- Oral medication containing Cataflam sodium solution: 25 mg by consumption 4 times a day.
- Cataflam sodium: 18 mg or 35 mg consumption 3 times a day.
- Potassium immediate-release tablet: 50 mg of consumption 3 times a day.
- The dosage is 37.5 mg IV bolus for 15 seconds every 6 hours based on the level of pain.
- Maximum dose: 150 mg per day.
- Patients should be well hydrated prior to receiving the medication through IV – to lower the risk of serious kidney reactions.
Guidelines for Cataflam (Diclofenac)
Follow the rules of consuming Cataflam as advised your doctor:
- Read the instructions on the drug label before you start taking Cataflam. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take it by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces / 240 milliliters), unless your doctor recommends otherwise.
- Do not lie down, at least 10 minutes after drinking Cataflam.
- To prevent abdominal pain, drink Cataflam with food, milk, or antacids.
- There are various brands and forms of Cataflam drugs available. Do not change its bands without your doctor’s permission.
- Dosage will be given based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking.
- Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use, including prescription medications, non-prescription medications, and herbal products.
- To minimize the risk of side effects such as abdominal bleeding, use Cataflam at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible period of time. Do not increase the dose or take it more often than prescribed.
- For certain conditions such as arthritis, it may take up to 2 weeks of regular use before experiencing the optimal benefits of Cataflam.
- If you use it as needed for your condition or not on a regular schedule, remember that painkillers work best when used after the symptoms first arise. If you wait until the pain worsens, the medicine will not work properly.
- Make sure to let your doctor know if your condition worsens.
Indications for Cataflam (Diclofenac)
Consider the benefits and risks of cataflam, as well as other treatment options before deciding to use cataflam. Consume a consistent lowest possible effective dose. The cataflam indications are:
- Primary dysmenorrhea.
- Mild to moderate pain.
- Relieve signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis.
- Relieve the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Contraindications for Cataflam (Diclofenac)
Below are contraindications for cataflam:
- Hypersensitivity, such as anaphylactic reactions and serious skin reactions to diclofenac or any component of cataflam products.
- History of asthma, urticaria, or allergic reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs. Severe anaphylactic reactions to NSAIDs have been reported.
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
Side Effects of Cataflam (Diclofenac)
Possible side effects of cataflam that require immediate medical attention include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cloudy urine
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Dizziness or headache
- Bloody or dark-colored stools
- Unusual fatigue
- Pain beneath the breastbone
- Prolonged bleeding time
- Itchy skin or a red rash appears
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Vomiting blood that looks like coffee grounds
- Indigestion, such as constipation or diarrhea
- Abdominal or flatulence, burning, cramping, or pain
- Reduction in urine concentrating ability
Seek immediate medical help if you experience any of the symptoms of an overdose after taking cataflam. Symptoms may include:
- Muscle twitching
- Itchy skin
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid weight gain
- Pale or bluish lips, nails, or skin
- Swelling on the face, ankles, or hands
- Pain in the chest, upper stomach, or throat
- Irregular, shallow, breathing
- Swelling on the eyelids, around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- Color vision problems, especially seeing blue or yellow colors
Cataflam can increase your blood pressure. Therefore, check your blood pressure regularly and let your doctor know if you have high blood pressure.
Serious allergic reactions to Cataflam are rare. However, be sure to consult your doctor if you notice any symptoms. If you experience other side effects not listed above, it is best to contact your doctor or pharmacist.