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Apo-Diclo

Common Name
diclofenac


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00839175 APO-DICLO 25MG ENTERIC-COATED TABLET
02243433 APO-DICLO RAPIDE 50 MG TABLETS
00839183 APO-DICLO 50MG ENTERIC-COATED TABLET
02091194 APO-DICLO SR 100MG EXTENDED RELEASE TABLET
02162814 APO-DICLO SR 75MG EXTENDED RELEASE TABLET

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Diclofenac belongs to the class of medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). It is used to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.

The diclofenac sodium tablet and suppository are used to relieve pain for people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and degenerative joint diseases of the hip. The diclofenac potassium tablets are used for short-term relief of pain and inflammation, such as pain caused by sprains, surgery, dental work or menstrual cramps. The eye drop is used to reduce eye inflammation before and after eye surgery (e.g., cataract surgery) and in other cases of eye inflammation where infection is not present. The powder for oral solution is used for the treatment of migraine headaches.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use this medication?

Tablets: The usual adult dosage ranges from 50 mg to 100 mg daily. The immediate-release diclofenac sodium tablets are taken in 3 equally divided doses with food. Diclofenac potassium tablets are taken every 6 to 8 hours with food. The long-acting (sustained-release, or SR) tablets are taken in 1 or 2 daily doses with food or milk. The maximum recommended daily dose of diclofenac is 100 mg.

Tablets should be swallowed whole with some fluid. Do not crush or chew the tablets as this can change the way the medication is absorbed into your body. It may increase the risk of side effects, such as stomach irritation or bleeding.

Suppositories: The suppositories are usually used as a substitute for the last daily dose in a 50 mg or 100 mg strength, to a maximum total daily dose of 100 mg of diclofenac.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not administer a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.






What form(s) does this medication come in?

Enteric-coated tablet

25 mg
Each round, biconvex, yellow, enteric-coated tablet, engraved "25" on one side contains 25 mg diclofenac sodium. Nonmedicinal ingredients: D&C Yellow No. 10, dextrates, methylcellulose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, colloidal silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, yellow ferric oxide, FD&C Yellow No. 6, polyvinylacetate phthalate, triethyl citrate, and methanol.

50 mg
Each round, biconvex, light brown, enteric-coated tablet, engraved "50" on one side contains 50 mg diclofenac sodium. Nonmedicinal ingredients: dextrates, methylcellulose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, colloidal silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, yellow ferric oxide, FD&C Yellow No. 6, polyvinylacetate phthalate, triethyl citrate, and methanol.

Extended release tablet (SR)

75 mg
Each triangular, light pink, biconvex with bevelled-edged, film-coated tablet, engraved "APO" over "75" on one side and plain on the other, contains 75 mg diclofenac sodium. Nonmedicinal ingredients: dextrates, microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxyethyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, and red ferric oxide.

100 mg
Each round, pink, biconvex with bevelled-edged, film-coated tablet, engraved "APO" over "100" on one side and plain on the other, contains 100 mg diclofenac sodium. Nonmedicinal ingredients: dextrates, microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxyethyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, and red ferric oxide.

Apo-Diclo Rapide
Each reddish-brown, round, biconvex, coated tablet, engraved "50" on one side and plain on the other, contains 50 mg diclofenac potassium. Nonmedicinal ingredients: tribasic calcium phosphate, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, colloidal silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, and red ferric oxide.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to diclofenac or any ingredients of the medication
  • are breast-feeding
  • are in the third trimester of pregnancy (after 28 weeks)
  • are planning to have or have recently had heart bypass surgery
  • currently have or have recently had inflammatory diseases of the stomach and intestines, such as stomach or intestinal ulcer or ulcerative colitis
  • have bleeding in the brain or a bleeding disorder
  • have had an allergic reaction to ASA or other anti-inflammatory medications
  • have high levels of potassium in the blood
  • have severe uncontrolled heart failure
  • have severely impaired or deteriorating kidney function
  • have significant liver impairment or liver disease

Do not use diclofenac suppositories if you:

  • have any inflammatory lesions of the rectum or anus
  • have recently had rectal or anal bleeding
Do not give this medication to children or adolescents less than 16 years of age.

 

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