Diclovit and the Elderly
If you are older, you should be careful taking Diclovit. Diclovit tends to have very strong effects when taken by people who are older. It can put you at risk for falls and other dangerous events.
In general, NSAIDs — whether purchased over-the-counter (OTC) or via prescription — can cause extreme sleepiness, confusion, dizziness, loss of balance, and severe stomach problems in the elderly.
Q: What are the side effects of Diclovit?
A: Diclovit is a medication in the NSAID family of drugs that is used to treat pain caused by inflammation. Diclovit is used to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, migraines, and joint pain. The prescribing information on Diclovit lists the following as the most common side effects of the medication: stomach pain constipation or diarrhea heartburn gas nausea/vomiting dizziness swelling ringing of the ears. Some side effects that you should report to your physician include: slurred speech confusion weakness shortness of breath high blood pressure dark, tarry stools dark urine yellowing of the skin or eyes rapid weight gain or unusual swelling of the hands, feet or ankles. Lori Poulin, PharmD
How Diclovit works
Diclovit is given to treat painful conditions such as arthritis, sprains and strains, gout, migraine, dental pain, and pain after surgical operations. It eases pain and reduces inflammation. Diclovit is available on prescription.
Diclovit works by blocking the effect of chemicals in your body, called cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzymes. These enzymes help to make other chemicals in the body, called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are produced at sites of injury or damage, and cause pain and inflammation. By blocking the effect of COX enzymes, fewer prostaglandins are produced, which means pain and inflammation are eased.
There are two forms of Diclovit - Diclovit sodium and Diclovit potassium. The main difference between the two is that Diclovit potassium is absorbed into the body more quickly than Diclovit sodium. A quick action is useful where immediate pain relief is required, and a prolonged action is more useful in reducing inflammation. Some brands of Diclovit also contain a medicine called misoprostol. The brands are called Arthrotec® and Misofen®, and are prescribed for arthritis. Misoprostol helps to protect the stomach against irritation which can be caused by taking Diclovit over a period of time.
Diclovit is not a suitable medicine for people who have heart disease (such as heart failure), or who have circulatory problems, or who have had a heart attack or a stroke. This is because it has been found that there is a small increased risk of heart attack and stroke in this group of people. Other anti-inflammatory medicines are more suitable for people with these conditions - ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice about an alternative medicine.
Diclovit is also formulated as skin gels, patches and as eye drops. There is more information about these formulations in the separate medicine leaflets called Diclovit gel/patch for pain and inflammation, Diclovit gel for sun damage and Diclovit eye drops.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
The powder for solution is usually taken as needed for migraine headaches. If you are taking any other Diclovit product and you forget to take a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
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Diclovit gel can transfer to others. Make sure the gel has dried on your skin before you touch anyone else.
On this page
- About Diclovit
- Key facts
- Who can take and can't take Diclovit
- How and when to use them
- Taking Diclovit with other painkillers
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
Difference between Diclovit and Ibuprofen
Both drugs are classified as NSAID – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and used with efficacy for the treatment of pain. They work by lowering the levels of hormones (prostaglandins) that are responsible for causing inflammation and pain in the body.
How should this medicine be used?
Diclovit comes as a tablet, and liquid-filled capsule, a hard gelatin capsule, an extended-release (long-acting) tablet, a delayed-release (releases medication in the intestine) tablet, and as packets of powder for solution (to be mixed with water) and take by mouth. Diclovit liquid-filled capsules are usually taken 4 times a day and Diclovit hard gelatin capsules are usually taken three times a day on an empty stomach. Diclovit extended-release tablets are usually taken once a day, and in rare cases are taken twice a day, if needed to control pain. Diclovit tablets and Diclovit delayed-release tablets are usually taken 2, 3, or 4 times a day. Diclovit solution is taken without food as a one dose treatment to relieve the pain of migraine headaches. If you were told to take Diclovit on a regular basis, take it at around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Diclovit exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Different Diclovit products release the medication differently in your body and cannot be used interchangeably. Only take the Diclovit product prescribed by your doctor and do not switch to a different Diclovit product unless your doctor says that you should.
Your doctor may adjust the dose of your medication during your treatment depending on your response to the medication. Talk to your doctor about how you are feeling during your treatment with Diclovit.
If you are taking the powder for solution, you will need to mix it with water before you take it. To mix the medication, first remove one packet from a row of three attached packets. Place 2 to 4 tablespoons (1 to 2 ounces; 30 to 60 mL) of water in a cup. Add the contents of the packet and mix well. Drink the entire mixture right away. Throw away the empty packet in a trash can that is out of the reach of children and pets.
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with Diclovit. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following continue or become troublesome.
If you have an allergy to aspirin or other similar NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, you could have an allergic reaction to Diclovit. Call your doctor right away if you have any signs of:
- trouble breathing
- itchy rash
If you develop these symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Don’t use this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Using it again could be fatal (cause death).