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Cataflam

(Diclofenac Potassium)

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Treats mild to moderate pain and swelling.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) is an okay medication used to treat pain and swelling. However, because of the risk of heart attack, it's recommended to limit the amount you take.

  • Can be used as needed to treat pain and swelling.
  • Recommended for treating arthritis pain and swelling if acetaminophen (Tylenol) isn't working.
  • Available as a generic, so it is cheap.
  • Has to be taken for the shortest amount of time possible to lower the risk of heart attack.
  • 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.
  • You should avoid smoking and using alcohol while on Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) since they can increase your risk of stomach problems.
  • You can't take Cambia if you have phenylketonuria (PKU) since the packets contain aspartame (phenylalanine).

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Side effects for Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium)

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These are side effects of Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) at the smallest dose possible for the shortest amount of time to reduce your risk of heart attack.
  • Can cause swelling in the legs, an upset stomach, constipation, and abdominal pain.
  • Don't drink alcohol or smoke while on Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) since that can increase the risk of stomach issues.

Risks and Warnings for Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Being overweight or obese
    • Smoking

    Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) can increase your chance of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. Take the lowest dose for the shortest time possible to lower your risk. Never take Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) during the first two weeks after having heart surgery.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • You should avoid smoking and using alcohol while on Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) since they can increase your risk of stomach problems.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't drink alcohol or smoke while on Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) since that can increase the risk of stomach issues.
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium), 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 Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) for long periods of time.