Cataflam
Alternatives

(Diclofenac Potassium)

Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium)

Prescription only

Advil (ibuprofen)

Over-the-counter
1 of 6 alternatives
Treats mild to moderate pain and swelling.

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.

Relieves pain, fever, and swelling.

Advil (ibuprofen) works well for treating fever, inflammation, and a variety of mild to moderate pain conditions, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is effective for treating fever, pain, and inflammation.
  • Good for relieving pain due to common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, and sports-related injuries.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is generally safe to use, cheap, and available over-the-counter.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) causes less stomach problems than its alternatives.
  • It comes in different flavored liquid forms that makes it easy for children to take.
Downsides
  • 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).
  • Advil (ibuprofen) doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs, so you need to take it a few times a day to get relief of your symptoms.
  • It needs to be taken with food or millk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is not as safe as other alternatives for pregnant women and people who are age 60 or older.
  • It can cause serious complications like stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long period of time.
  • Like all NSAIDs, Advil (ibuprofen) can raise your risk of getting blood clots, a heart attack, or stroke.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Powder for oral solution
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Suspension
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Side effects
The Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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Risks and warnings
  • Heart attack or stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding or ulcers

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Bruising or bleeding

    Hemophilia

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Lowers kidney function

    Kidney disease

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Increased blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Harm to unborn babies

    Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)

  • Reaction to aspartame (phenylalanine)

    Phenylketonuria (PKU)

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  • Heart attack and stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Severe allergic reaction

    Asthma

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Kidney damage

    Kidney disease

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)

    Women who want to or can become pregnant

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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