Q: What are the side effects of Artrotec?
A: The most commonly reported side effects of Artrotec (Cataflam, Voltaren-XR) are dyspepsia, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, headache, dizziness, rash, and drowsiness. More serious (and rarer) reactions include stroke, high blood pressure, GI bleed, and heart attack. However, I have seen this drug used frequently without any problems.
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Artrotec plasters and patches
- Stick a medicated plaster or patch over the painful area twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening. Apply gentle pressure with the palm of your hand until it's completely stuck to your skin.
- Treat only 1 painful area at a time. Do not use more than 2 medicated plasters in any 24-hour period.
- When you want to take the plaster or patch off, it helps to moisten it with some water first. Once you have taken it off, wash the affected skin and rubit gently in circular movements to remove any leftover glue.
8. Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Artrotec is not generally recommended in pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
This is because Artrotec has been linked with a small risk of problems for your unborn baby if you take it in early or late pregnancy.
Your doctor will only prescribe Artrotec for you while you're pregnant or breastfeeding if the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.
There may be other treatments that are safer for you. Paracetamol is the best painkiller to take during pregnancy.
If you think you may have symptoms of a stomach ulcer, stop taking Artrotec and contact your doctor.
No, Artrotec is not addictive, but it's important to always take it as prescribed.
Once you stop taking Artrotec tablets or capsules, or stop using the suppositories, the effects will wear off after about 15 hours.
Taking anti-inflammatory medicines, like Artrotec, in large doses or for a long time can affect ovulation in women. This may make it more difficult to get pregnant.
Do not take Artrotec if you're trying to get pregnant, or if you're having tests for infertility.
Paracetamol is a better painkiller in these situations.
Artrotec will not affect any contraceptives, including the contraceptive pill or the morning after pill.
Yes, you can drink alcohol while taking Artrotec. But drinking too much alcohol may irritate your stomach.
Try to keep to the recommended guidelines of no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. A standard glass of wine (175ml) is 2 units. A pint of lager or beer is usually 2 to 3 units of alcohol.
No, you can eat and drink normally while taking Artrotec.
It happens rarely, but some people can feel tired, dizzy or sleepy when they take Artrotec. They may also have problems with their eyesight.
If Artrotec affects you in this way, do not drive or ride a bike until it passes and you feel OK again.
Common side effects
Common side effects of Artrotec tablets, capsules and suppositories happen in more than 1 in 100 people.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or don't go away:
- feeling dizzy or vertigo
- stomach ache, wind or loss of appetite
- feeling sick (nausea)
- being sick (vomiting) or diarrhoea
- mild rash
You're less likely to have side effects with Artrotec gel or plasters. This is because not as much of the medicine gets into your body. But you may still get the same side effects, especially if you use a lot on a large area of skin.
In addition, using Artrotec gel or plasters can affect your skin. It can make your skin:
- more sensitive to sunlight than normal
- develop a rash where the gel or plaster has been applied
- dry or irritated (eczema)
- itchy or inflamed (dermatitis)
Taking methotrexate with Artrotec can lead to harmful levels of methotrexate in your body. This can raise your risk of infection and kidney issues.