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Diclofenac and Misoprostol
Why is this medication prescribed?
The combination of diclofenac and misoprostol is used to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in patients who have a high risk of developing stomach ulcers. Diclofenac belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and is used to relieve the pain, tenderness, inflammation (swelling), and stiffness caused by arthritis. Misoprostol belongs to a class of drugs called prostaglandins. Misoprostol is used to prevent ulcers caused by diclofenac and other NSAIDs. It protects the stomach lining and decreases stomach acid secretion.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
The combination of diclofenac and misoprostol comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken two to four times daily. Take diclofenac and misoprostol with food to decrease the chance of diarrhea. Swallow this medication whole. Do not chew, crush, divide, or dissolve the tablets. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take diclofenac and misoprostol exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
The combination of diclofenac and misoprostol is used to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis but it does not cure them. Continue to take diclofenac and misoprostol even if you feel well. Do not stop taking diclofenac and misoprostol without talking with your doctor.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking diclofenac and misoprostol,
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from diclofenac and misoprostol are not common, they can occur. Most will go away in about 7 days after taking it regularly. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your response to diclofenac and misoprostol.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT