Zorvolex (generic name, diclofenac) is a pain reliever that is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing the body’s production of substances that cause inflammation and pain. Two common forms are in 18mg and 35mg.
Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain due to various conditions. It contains this active ingredient, and it is often used for treating backaches, muscle aches, arthritis, dental pain, sports injuries, andmenstrual cramps. By reducing pain and swelling, the drug helps you to continue with your daily activities.
Before using the drug, read the label and Medication Guide. Ask your doctor/pharmacist about any questions you may have.
35mg and 18mg is taken by mouth, preferably with a glass of water (8 ounces). It is best to take with milk, food, or antacid and to avoid lying down for at least ten minutes after ingestion to prevent having a stomach upset.
Although there are various brands of diclofenac, it is best not to switch brands without asking your doctor first, because they may have different dosages and preparations. It is also best to tell your doctor/pharmacist about other drugs (prescription or nonprescription) and supplements you are taking to prevent drug interactions.
Use the drug only as directed, at the lowest dose and duration that is effective for your condition to minimize risks of side effect risks. Avoid increasing your dose or taking it more often than instructed. Ask your doctor/pharmacist about the benefits and risks of taking the drug for chronic conditions like arthritis, since it may take longer (about two weeks) for the drug to take full effect.
Some side effects do not need any treatment. They may disappear as your body gets used to your medication but if they persist, you should call your doctor. These commonly include:
Consult your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur:
Get immediate emergency help when symptoms of overdose occur:
Drug-drug interactions may occur and affect how your different medications work. These can also increase your risk of developing serious side effects. Tell your doctor/pharmacist about all the drugs and supplements you use. However, do not stop or change your medicines without asking your doctor first.
Some drugs that may interact with the drug include:
The drug may increase your risk of bleeding when it is taken with anti-platelet drugs (like clopidogrel) and "blood thinners" (like dabigatran, enoxaparin, or warfarin).
Taking the drug with other medications that contain pain relievers (aspirin, NSAIDs) may increase the risk of side effects. However, if you are taking low-dose aspirin (81-325 milligrams) daily to prevent stroke or heart attack, continue taking aspirin unless instructed by your doctor to do otherwise.