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(diclofenac potassium)

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Cataflam
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(ibuprofen)

Aleve
(naproxen)

Relafen
(nabumetone)

Lodine
(etodolac)

Celebrex
(celecoxib)

Voltaren
(diclofenac sodium)

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.Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation. Aleve (Naproxen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, and it lasts longer than other NSAIDs.Coming soon.Coming soon.Relieves pain and inflammation. Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.Relieves pain and inflammation. Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) works well for pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.
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Have you used Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)?
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Reviews for Advil (ibuprofen)
88%
-12% worse vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
52%
-48% worse vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
4%
+13% better vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
892 reviews
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Reviews for Aleve (naproxen)
78%
-22% worse vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
48%
-52% worse vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
5%
+12% better vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
978 reviews
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Reviews for Celebrex (celecoxib)
57%
-43% worse vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
38%
-62% worse vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
14%
+3% better vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
550 reviews
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Reviews for Voltaren (diclofenac sodium)
81%
-19% worse vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
76%
-24% worse vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
5%
+12% better vs. Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
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Side effects
CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren

We haven’t found good data for Cambia side effects.

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The ibuprofen FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Naproxen FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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We haven’t found good data for Relafen side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Lodine side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Celebrex side effects.

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  • Any side effect 12%
  • Application site dermatitis 11%
  • Any application site reaction 5%
  • Application site reaction 14%
  • Application site pruritus 7%
  • Application site rash 29%
  • Application site rash 15%
  • Application site contact dermatitis 29%
  • Application site pain 30%
  • Application site dry skin 15%
More Voltaren side effects »
How it works
CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Advil (ibuprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It stops the inflammation process in your body, which relieves pain, swelling, and fever.Aleve (Naproxen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Coming soon.Coming soon.Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.
Type of medication
CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
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Prescription only
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Available as
CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
  • Pill
  • Powder for oral solution
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Suspension
  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Eye drops
Used for
CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Osteoarthritis Pain Rheumatoid Arthritis
Risk factors for serious side effects
CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
  • 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
  • Hemophilia
  • von Willebrand's disease
  • Low blood platelet count
  • Also taking an anticoagulant medication
  • Kidney disease
  • 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)
  • Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Detailed Cataflam (diclofenac potassium) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • Taking Advil (ibuprofen) for a long period of time
  • History of stomach bleeding
  • Age 60 or older
  • Taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or blood thinners
  • Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Smoking
  • Taking the medicine for a long period of time
  • Asthma
  • Nasal polyps
  • Aspirin allergy
  • NSAID allergy
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Taking certain high blood pressure medications
  • Age 60 or older
  • Taking the medicine for a long period of time
  • Women who want to or can become pregnant
  • Pregnant women
Detailed Advil (ibuprofen) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • Age 60 years or older
  • Taking aspirin, NSAIDs, or blood thinners
  • Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Hemophilia
  • von Willebrand's disease
  • Low blood platelet count
  • Taking anticoagulant medications
  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Aspirin allergy
  • NSAID allergy
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Taking high blood pressure medications
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Aleve (naproxen) risks & warnings »
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  • Long-term use
  • History of heart disease
  • History of heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft/CABG)
  • Age 65 or older
  • History of GI bleed or peptic ulcer disease
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking water pills (diuretics)
  • History of heart failure
    • History of asthma
    • Kidney Disease
    • Heart Failure
    • Liver Disease
    • Also taking diuretics
    • Also taking ACE inhibitors
    • Also taking Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
    • Age 65 or older
    • Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)
    Detailed Celebrex (celecoxib) risks & warnings »
    • 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
    • Hemophilia
    • von Willebrand's disease
    • Low blood platelet count
    • Also taking an anticoagulant medication
    • Asthma
    • Rhinitis
    • Nasal polyps
    • Aspirin allergy
    • NSAID allergy
    • Kidney disease
    • 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)
    • Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)
    Detailed Voltaren (diclofenac sodium) risks & warnings »
    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    Alcohol
    CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
    • You should avoid smoking and using alcohol while on Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) since they can increase your risk of stomach problems.
    • Don't drink alcohol or smoke while on Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) since that can increase the risk of stomach issues.
    No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.
    Food
    CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
    No food related info.
    • It needs to be taken with food or millk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
    • Take it with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
    • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    No food related info.No food related info.
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
    • 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.
    • Advil (ibuprofen) can damage your kidneys. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Talk to your doctor if this worries you, or if you already have kidney damage before you start taking Advil (ibuprofen).
    • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • Aleve (Naproxen) is an NSAID that can lower kidney function or cause damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Your doctor should check your kidney function if you take Aleve (Naproxen) for any amount of time.
    No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • Celebrex (Celecoxib), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can cause lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. You're at higher risk for this if you've a history of kidney disease, heart failure, and liver disease. Taking Diuretic, ACE inhibitor, or Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) medications also increases your risk. If you are 65 or older you're also at a higher risk for these types of kidney problems.
    • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. These problems are more likely the longer you take it.
    • Can affect your kidneys' ability to work as well.
    • Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium), 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 Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) for long periods of time.
    Pain
    CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
    • Can be used as needed to treat pain and swelling.
    • Recommended for treating arthritis pain and swelling if acetaminophen (Tylenol) isn't working.
    • Good for relieving pain due to common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, and sports-related injuries.
    • Do not take for more than 10 days for pain relief or more than 3 days for fever. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not go away.
    • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
    • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    No pain related info.No pain related info.
    • Relieves pain and inflammation for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Good for treating muscle aches and pains, as well as menstrual cramps.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Good for muscle aches and pains.
    • May treat arthritis pain better than other similar medicines (NSAIDs).
    Upsides and benefits
    CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
    • 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.
    • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
    • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
    • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen, so you can take it less often.
    • Aleve (Naproxen) works as well as Aspirin and Indomethacin to treat arthritis pain, and causes fewer stomach problems.
    • Although not without side effects, it's been around for a long time and is generally safe for short-term use.
    Coming soonComing soon
    • Relieves pain and inflammation for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Good for treating muscle aches and pains, as well as menstrual cramps.
    • Causes fewer stomach problems than other NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen.
    • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen.
    • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Good for muscle aches and pains.
    • May treat arthritis pain better than other similar medicines (NSAIDs).
    • Can cause less upset stomach than other NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil).
    • It's also available as a gel that you put on your skin. If it's hard for you to swallow pills, this could be a good option.
    • If you're only using the gel, you won't have the same side effects that you would while taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth.
    Downsides and risks
    CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
    • 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.
    • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
    • Can't be taken by pregnant women.
    • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
    • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
    Coming soonComing soon
    • The longer you take Celebrex (Celecoxib), the more likely you are to have stomach problems, including inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. Can also happen if you take Celebrex (Celecoxib) on an empty stomach.
    • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of blood clots, heart attack, or a stroke.
    • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
    • Can cause serious stomach problems like inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. The chances that a stomach problem will occur is worse the longer you take this medication, but it can happen at any time while taking it.
    • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
    • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. These problems are more likely the longer you take it.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    CambiaibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexVoltaren
    • 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.
    • Starts working in about 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Take it with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
    • Do not take for more than 10 days for pain relief or more than 3 days for fever. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not go away.
    • If you normally take a daily aspirin, make sure to take Advil (ibuprofen) at least 30 minutes after taking aspirin or more than 8 hours before taking aspirin. This will help make sure the aspirin still works in your body.
    • Advil (ibuprofen) increases the risk of stomach bleeding so tell your doctor right away if you experience any bleeding.
    • If you are allergic to aspirin, there is a chance you may be allergic to Advil (ibuprofen) as well.
    • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
    • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
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    • Starts working in 1 to 3 hours.
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
    • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • If taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth, take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    • Can cause stomach ulcers, especially if taking it by mouth often.
    • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily. You shouldn't take any other 'blood thinner' medications unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
    • Don't use it the first two weeks after a heart surgery.
    • Can affect your kidneys' ability to work as well.
    • If using the skin (topical) gel, use the dosing card it comes with to make sure you measure the correct dose. You also won't have many of the same side effects that you would if taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth.
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