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Zorvolex
(diclofenac)

Relafen
(nabumetone)

Treats arthritis pain and swelling. Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is an okay medication used to treat pain and swelling caused by arthritis. However, because of the risk of heart attack, you should limit the amount you take.Coming soon.
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Side effects
DiclofenacRelafen
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 1%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Itching 1%
  • Passing gas 1%
  • Pain in extremity 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Relafen side effects.

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How it works
DiclofenacRelafen
Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It stops your body from making chemicals that cause inflammation and pain.Coming soon.
Type of medication
DiclofenacRelafen
Prescription only
Available as
DiclofenacRelafen
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
DiclofenacRelafen
  • Osteoarthritis Pain
  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
Risk factors for serious side effects
DiclofenacRelafen
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Taking other blood-thinning medications
  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Aspirin allergy
  • NSAID allergy
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Taking diuretics
  • Taking ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)
  • Age 65 or older
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking water pills (diuretics)
Detailed Zorvolex (diclofenac) risks & warnings »
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Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
DiclofenacRelafen
  • You should avoid alcohol while on Zorvolex (Diclofenac) since it can increase your risk of stomach issues.
  • Don't drink alcohol while using Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
No alcohol related info.
Food
DiclofenacRelafen
  • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
DiclofenacRelafen
  • Zorvolex (Diclofenac), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time necessary can lower your risk of kidney problems. It's important to get lab tests to check your kidney function periodically if you use Zorvolex (Diclofenac) for long periods of time.
No kidneys and liver related info.
Pain
DiclofenacRelafen
  • Clinical studies show that Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is better at relieving arthritis pain than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Can be used as needed to treat pain and swelling.
  • Can cause swelling in your legs, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and an upset stomach.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
DiclofenacRelafen
  • Clinical studies show that Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is better at relieving arthritis pain than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Can be used as needed to treat pain and swelling.
  • Available as a generic.
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Downsides and risks
DiclofenacRelafen
  • You should avoid alcohol while on Zorvolex (Diclofenac) since it can increase your risk of stomach issues.
  • If you're taking it on a regular basis, you'll need to get labs done to make sure your liver and kidneys aren't being affected.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
DiclofenacRelafen
  • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
  • Don't drink alcohol while using Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
  • Don't take other anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) without talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Can cause swelling in your legs, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and an upset stomach.
  • Don't take antacids with magnesium since they can interact with Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
  • Take Zorvolex (Diclofenac) at the smallest dose possible for the shortest amount of time to prevent an increased risk of heart attack.
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