Reclofen 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.
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“Reclofen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Reclofen. Accessed 27 December 2019.
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What is Reclofen? What is Reclofen used for?
Reclofen is a Generic name for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This drug works by lowering substances (prostaglandins) in the body that are main cause of pain and inflammation.
Reclofen is most commonly taken in order to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation that may be caused by injuries and different health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, painful menstruation periods, migraines, and ankylosing splondylitis. It is available in different dosages and forms on the market.
Most commonly it is used as delayed release tablet in dose of 25 mg and 50 mg and as extended release tablet in doses of 75 mg and 100 mg. It is also available in the form of solution and powder for injection, gel, cream, patch and suppository of 50 mg and 100 mg. FDA approved Reclofen in 1998.
It is originally manufactured by Novartis. This drug is also available under different brand names, such as Voltaren, Solaraze, Pennsaid, Cataflam, Zipsor and Zorvolex.
Rare Side Effects
In severe cases, Reclofen may cause a deadly liver condition known as fatal fulminant hepatitis.
Get medical help if you have any yellowing or graying of the skin or eyes, if your lower extremities or abdomen is swelling, if you are extra sleepy, or become confused.
Q: What, if anything, is long term use of Reclofen depleting in my body and do I need to supplement with anything specific?
A: According to the manufacturer, Reclofen (Voltaren) can affect certain cells (platelets) that are necessary for causing blood clotting. What this means is that healing from a cut, bruise, scrape, etc. may take slightly longer. Reclofen (Voltaren) does not specifically deplete any vitamins or minerals in the body and supplements over-the-counter would really be of no benefit if they are used specifically due to Reclofen (Voltaren). I have included a couple of links for more information about Reclofen (Voltaren) and supplements. //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Reclofen //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/multivitamin //www.everydayhealth.com/pain-management/pain-treatment.aspx Lori Mendoza, PharmD Mendoza, PharmD
How to use Reclofen Sodium
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using Reclofen and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces / 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this drug. If you experience stomach upset with this medication, you may take it with food, milk, or an antacid. However, this may slow absorption and delay pain relief, especially if you are not taking this medication on a regular schedule.
Swallow this medication whole. Do not crush, chew, or break the tablets. Doing so can destroy the special coating on the tablet and may increase side effects.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). To minimize side effect risks (such as stomach bleeding), use this medication at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible length of time. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed. For chronic conditions such as arthritis, continue taking it as directed by your doctor. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor or pharmacist.
For certain conditions (such as arthritis), it may take up to 2 weeks of regular use before the full benefits of this drug take effect.
If you are taking this drug on an "as needed" basis (not on a regular schedule), remember that pain medications work best if they are used as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the pain has worsened, the medication may not work as well.
Tell your doctor if your condition worsens.
What to do about:
- headaches - make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Do not drink too much alcohol. Ask your pharmacist to recommend an alternative painkiller. Headaches should usually go away after the first week of taking Reclofen. Talk to your doctor if they last longer than a week or are severe.
- feeling dizzy or vertigo - if you feel dizzy or unsteady, stop what you're doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Do not drive or use tools or machinery if you're feeling dizzy or lightheaded. As your body gets used to Reclofen, these side effects should wear off.
- stomach ache, wind or loss of appetite - try not to eat foods that cause wind (like peas, lentils, beans and onions). Eat smaller meals, eat and drink slowly, and exercise regularly.
- feeling sick (nausea) - take Reclofen with or after a meal or snack. It may also help if you avoid rich or spicy food.
- being sick (vomiting) or diarrhoea - drink plenty of water or other fluids. If you're being sick, try small frequent sips of water. Speak to a pharmacist if you have signs of dehydration, such as peeing less than usual or having dark, strong-smelling pee. Do not take any other medicines without speaking to a pharmacist or doctor.
- a mild rash and dry or irritated, itchy or inflamed skin - an emollient cream or ointment can be used to moisturise, soothe and hydrate the affected area. If it does not get better within a week or you're worried, speak to a pharmacist or doctor.
- skin being more sensitive to sunlight - stay out of bright sun and use a high factor sun cream (SPF 15 or above), even on cloudy days. Do not use a sunlamp or sunbeds.
Premature Closure Of Fetal Ductus Arteriosus
Reclofen may cause premature closure of the fetal ductus arteriosus. Avoid use of NSAIDs, including VOLTAREN, in pregnant women starting at 30 weeks of gestation (third trimester) (see PRECAUTIONS; Pregnancy).
Q: What kind of over the counter pain relievers can I take with Reclofen?
A: Reclofen belongs to the class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. The use of Reclofen with over-the-counter pain relievers would generally be limited to acetaminophen (Tylenol and others). All other over-the-counter pain relievers contain aspirin or other NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen. The use of multiple NSAIDs is not generally recommended because of the potential for increased side effects, such as gastrointestinal upset and bleeding. Michelle McDermott, PharmD
Pregnancy and Reclofen
Because risk of damage to the unborn child varies during pregnancy, Reclofen falls under two FDA pregnancy categories:
- In the first 29 weeks of pregnancy, Reclofen has a category C rating: There is a risk of harm to the fetus, but it has not yet been confirmed in humans.
- During or after the 30th week of pregnancy, Reclofen has a category D rating: In this case, the drug can cause a birth defect by causing a major artery to close that nourishes the baby’s heart. So you should only take Reclofen if there are no other safer options available.
Regardless, you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking this medication.
You should also alert your physician if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Reclofen is found in breast milk, and mothers should avoid taking this drug while nursing.
Reclofen has been associated with anaphylactic reactions in patients with and without known hypersensitivity to Reclofen and in patients with aspirin-sensitive asthma (see CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS;Exacerbation Of Asthma Related To Aspirin Sensitivity).
Rated Reclofen for Moderate Pain Report
Car accident 2 yrs ago caused lineal tears between my L3-L4; buldging disc & lots of pain. Recent carpal tunnel surgery also. Back Dr percribed Dicloefenac 100mg ER. I took it for weeks, one tablet daily. I experienced nausea & pretty severe stomach aches, some diarrhea then I stopped the Reclofen. I had a follow up appt with my orthopedist & he said “be careful taking that stuff.” I decided to stop taking it because I hated th nausea & severe abdominal pain, burning sensation like having an ulcer. I decided to stop taking the Reclofen. On day 3, I woke up & could hardly move. My back was killing me & I honestly haven’t felt this type of back pain since I can remember. All I could do was lay on the heating pad & take a narcotic pain med. I have realized maybe I would rather deal with the stomach pain and take nausea meds and Prilosec to coat the tummy than deal with this pain again. I see the spine dr again in a week. Will discuss further but I can say this medication is amazing restoring your quality of life without pain, IF you can tolerate side effects. Best wishes to you
Long-term carcinogenicity studies in rats given Reclofen sodium up to 2 mg/kg/day (approximately 0.1 times maximum recommended human dose (MRHD) of VOLTAREN, 200 mg/day, based on body surface area (BSA) comparison ) have revealed no significant increases in tumor incidence. A 2-year carcinogenicity study conducted in mice employing Reclofen sodium at doses up to 0.3 mg/kg/day (approximately 0.007 times the MRHD based on BSA comparison) in males and 1 mg/kg/day (approximately 0.02 times the MRHD based on BSA comparison) in females did not reveal any oncogenic potential.