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Colchicine is extracted from plants of the genus Colchicum and is a natural product. The anti-inflammatory drug is the generic formulation of Colcrys. It has a biological half-life of 26 to 31 hours.

Colchicine works by decreasing the development of crystals that causes pain to the patients. It is to be remembered that this pill only helps in preventing the formation of crystals and does not give relief to pain. So take the pain relieving medications that is prescribed by the doctor.

Important safety information

Avoid taking grape fruit or alcohol along with the medication.

You should never take Colchicine more than what is recommended by your doctor.

This medication can cause an impact on the effectiveness of your body’s immune system. When you are taking this med, you need to stay away from cold, cough, sore throats or other infections.

The drug can reduce the count of your platelet which can lessen the body’s ability to clot when you get hurt or injured. Therefore when you are on a course of treatment with Colchicine, try to avoid bruises or cuts.

In case you experience symptoms of intestinal bleeding or notice unusual signs of bruises or bleeding, then inform about it to your doctor immediately.

You should always keep this medication out of reach of children as if this pill is accidently administered or if someone takes it, the resulting consequence can be extremely fatal.

If you are undergoing a surgery or dental care, then inform the doctor that you have been taking Colchicine.

With this medication muscular and nervous side effects are more common in the older people and as well as children as they are easily susceptible to infections or injuries.

Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant before getting this medication prescribed.

There are traces of this medication found in breast milk, so do not breastfeed your baby while taking Colchicine.

Dosage and Administration

Usually, the prescribed dosage would be 1.2 milligrams, followed by 0.6 milligrams the next hour. The maximum dosage strength that would be prescribed is 1.8 milligrams. This dosage strength varies from one patient to another.

Colchicine can be taken by mouth with or without food. Follow the advice of the doctor throughout the course of therapy. The drug is effective when taken after experiencing the first gout attack. So get instructions from the physician and get treated for this condition.

To decrease the risk of ill effects, do not increase or decrease the dose, stop the medication or take more Colchicine pills. If the patient forgets to take a pill, it can be taken as soon as they remember. When it conflicts with the schedule of the next dose, it is very important to avoid taking the missed dose.

Side effects

Nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, numbness in fingers or toes, weakness, unusual bleeding, fever, sore throat, muscle pain, paleness in lips and signs of infection are some of the common side effects of Colchicine. Certain medical conditions need to be consulted before taking this pill.

Interaction with other drugs

Interactions with other drugs can be avoided if a patient is cautious while taking Colchicine. Amprenavir, Fibrates, Cyclosporine, Azole antifungals, Macrolide antibiotics, Nelfinavir, Telaprevir, Tipranavir, Sympathomimetics, Fosaprepitant, Fosamprenavir, Atazanavir, Darunavir and Diltiazem are a few which should be avoided whilst taking this pill. Individuals should have utmost care while taking this pill. Older patients are very sensitive to the drug, so it is wise to be more cautious during the course of therapy.


Prednisolone is an immunosuppressant drug that is available as the generic formulation of Rayos. This drug is available in immediate-release, extended-release and in liquid form. It has a biological half-life of 18 to 16 hours.

What is Prednisolone prescribed for?

This synthetic Corticosteroid drug helps the patient in treating different conditions like Psoriasis, allergic disorders, arthritis, lupus, breathing problems (Asthma) as well as skin disorders and pain relief. It works by altering the response of the immune system to various diseases. This in turn decreases certain symptoms like swelling and allergic reactions.

Dosage and Administration

The dosage strengths available in immediate-release is 1 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg and 50 mg. In case of extended-release tablet, it is available in 1mg, 2 mg and 5 mg.

Prednisolone can be taken by mouth along with food or milk. This reduces the chance of stomach upset in the patient. Lots of water should be taken whilst administering the drug. Liquid form of this medication can be taken using a dose-measuring spoon. If a patient is prescribed with only one dose per day, it can be taken in the morning. Course duration is based on the patient’s response to the treatment as well as the severity of the problem.

The extended-release variant of prednisolone should not be crushed, chewed or broken. It should be taken as a whole to avoid drug overdose. It is very essential for a patient to perform blood tests and blood pressure checkups frequently during the treatment. Stopping pills should be done slowly and steadily. This helps an individual to avoid withdrawal symptoms as well as side effects.

Side effects

Just like other drugs, there are some side effects for this medication too. Restlessness, confusion, vomiting, head ache, nausea, skin rash, acne, trouble sleeping, weight gain are some of the most common side effects. There are certain ill effects that need to be monitored immediately by the medical practitioner and these symptoms are change in vision, depression, itching, sore throat, fever, cough, difficulty in urinating, seizures, sleep problems, dizziness and breathing troubles. As this drug would lower the potential of the immune system, patients would be more sensitive to infections. Avoid physical contact with a person who is affected with allergy, chicken pox or fever.

What drugs interact with Prednisolone?

Seizure medications, AIDS or HIV drugs, Digoxin, antifungal tablets, birth control pills, diabetes, Cyclosporine, Amphotericin B and tuberculosis medications are some of the drugs that interact with Prednisolone. If any such interactions happen, it would lead to unwanted ill effects. Avoid consumption of alcohol and tell to the physician if you are pregnant, nursing a baby or planning to become pregnant.


Voltaren is an analgesic that is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Available as the generic of Diclofenac, the drug comes in different formulations like compressed tablets and as a topical gel. The drug has a biological half-life of about two hours.

What is Voltaren prescribed for?

It is mainly used to get relief from moderate to severe pain. The efficacy of Voltaren in reducing inflammation and alleviating pain, make it a suitable treatment for dysmenorrhea, arthritis, gout attacks, ankylosing spondylitis, dental pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, dermatomyositis, and polymyositis. The drug may also be used for pain management of other medical problems which may benefit from its anti-inflammatory effects.

Dosing guide

Voltaren should be taken as advised by the healthcare provider. Reading the product carefully will help to avoid any improper administration. The compressed tablet should be swallowed whole without crushing, chewing or breaking it. Do not change the dose, take two doses together, or discontinue the dose without the doctor’s consent. If the drug is indicated for long-term use, frequent blood tests should be done to check for side effects.

Voltaren should be administered only after consulting with a physician as certain health conditions can conflict with the drug’s properties and worsen or result in dangerous interactions.

Things you need to know about Voltaren

Alcohol should be avoided as taking them together can increase the risk of the side effect of bleeding in the stomach.

You should not take Voltaren if you have experienced allergic reactions with Aspirin, NSAIDs or any other drugs.

This med has the potential of causing severe gastrointestinal bleeding which can be more widespread in elderly people.  People who use this drug in larger doses or for a prolonged time can increase the risk of a fatal stroke or a heart attack.

If you are having a heart disease, you are more likely to suffer from these effects.

You should not use voltaren immediately before having a heart bypass surgery or after having one. Also do not use this pill if you have had an asthma attack after consuming aspirin.

Before you start the course of Voltaren, make your doctor know if you have or had any of the below mentioned conditions:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Asthma
  • Ulcers
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Clots
  • Bleeding in the stomach

You should not take this med during the last trimester of pregnancy as there are chances for the unborn child to get harmed. Speak to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. It is better to refrain from breast-feeding to be on the safer side though it is unknown if this med can pass through breast milk.

Side effects

Taking Voltaren can result in a few side effects. Some of the mild side effects are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Stomach troubles
  • Stuffy nose
  • Painful swelling of the arms or legs.

More severe symptoms that require immediate attention are trouble breathing, fast weight gain, harsh skin reactions, anemia, kidney diseases, liver troubles, bleeding in the stomach, and high blood pressure.

What drugs interact with Voltaren?

It is harmful to simultaneously take any other drugs like NSAIDs and antidepressants. The individual should disclose to the doctor if he or she is taking any blood thinners, drug for heart conditions, blood pressure medicines, alternate formulations of Diclofenac, Cyclosporine, Lithium, Rifampin, Methotrexate, antifungal formulations, and steroids. Taking the right course of therapy after getting it prescribed by the healthcare professional is the best way to get maximum benefits from this pain medication.


Naprosyn having generic name naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is known in the abbreviated form as NSAID. It is a propionic acid derivative that is related to the aryl acetic group of acid of NSAID’s.

Naprosyn is available in the form of yellow tablets comprising of 250 mg of naproxen, the pink tablets comprising of naproxen in 375 mg and the yellow colored pill comprising of 500 mg of naproxen. The tablet also constitute to certain inactive ingredients like iron oxides, povidone, croscarmellose sodium and magnesium stearate.

Medical Uses

Naprosyn tablets are used in the treatment of pain or inflammation that could have been caused due to conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis, gout or even due to menstrual cramps. It is also used to relieve pain that arises due to a number of conditions like headaches, muscle aches, dental pain and more. The pill works by blocking the production of certain natural substances in the body that can give rise to inflammation.

Dosing guide

Naprosyn may be taken multiple times in a day depending on the health condition and as prescribed by the healthcare provider. It can be taken with a glass of water by mouth. Usually, it is taken two three times each day and the tablets should not be broken, crushed or chewed. They are to be swallowed as a whole. Physicians generally recommend people to take the drug in lower dosage strengths that is considered to be most effective in alleviating pain.

Naprosyn can be consumed with milk, food or with antacid so as to prevent stomach upset. One should not lie down for at least ten minutes after consuming the pill. Take the medicine exactly as directed by the physician and do not increase or decrease the dosage strength unless it is told by the physician to do so. Never take two doses at the same time so as to compensate the missed dose or thinking that it will give you an instant relief from pain. Both of this can end up in fatal complications.

Important safety information

For the safe use of Naprosyn here are a few important precautions:

It is advisable to not use this drug if you have experienced any form of allergic reactions while using NSAIDs, aspirin or ibuprofen.

Taking Naprosyn for longer periods or in high doses can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The drug is not recommended for use right before or after a cardiac bypass surgery or any other type of heart surgery.

At any time while using the drug if you experience chest pain or symptoms of a heart attack, get emergency medical attention.

Pregnant women should not take Naprosyn during the third trimester as it can cause harmful effects on the unborn baby. Inform the doctor if you are pregnant or expecting to become pregnant.

The effects of this drug can pass through breast milk and hence breast-feeding is not recommended while taking this medication.

Keep the doctor informed of any existing conditions like heart diseases, high cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure issues, asthma, stomach ulcers, strokes, liver disease, kidney problems, and smoking.

Side Effects

A few people might experience heart burn, indigestion or stomach pain by taking Naprosyn to treat their medical condition. Some people might fall sick or get diarrhea or constipation. This should be reported to the health care professional immediately so as to avert unnecessary problems in health. Certain common side effects include skin rash, itching, breathing troubles, hearing difficulty, weight gain, changes in vision.

Interactions with other drugs

Do not take medicines that can cause allergic reactions with Naprosyn. Drugs like ACE inhibitors, diuretics, lithium, water pills can induce chemicals interactions that could be dangerous. Certain blood thinner medications and anti-platelet drugs can also interact and cause abnormal reactions in the body.


Motrin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is approved by the FDA. This drug has ibuprofen as its main component and is used in the treatment of any condition that has inflammation as a symptom.

Motrin typically starts to work within an hour upon consumption. The mechanism of work is identical for both generic and brand versions. NSAIDs have long been used to treat inflammation and its related symptoms and till date more than 60% of people are known to benefit from pills under this category.

Medical Uses

Motrin is an appropriate medicine for menstrual cramps, tooth pain, arthritis pain, headache and minor injuries. Its mechanism of action is such that it works by limiting the function of hormones that cause inflammation. It is widely applicable for people of all different ages. But infants should be at least 6 months old to start treatment with this medicine.

Pain, swelling and discomfort are a common outcome of many medical conditions. In such cases, this medicine can come to rescue by alleviating such symptoms and reducing inflammation.

Dosing guide

The pill must be consumed as a whole and taken along with water or milk. Take it without deviating from the specified dosage.

Taking a higher dose of motrin will make you susceptible to fatal stomach or intestinal damage. The highest dosage limit for this medicine is 3200 mg per day taken in 4 intervals of 800 mg. This is an adult dose and dose adjustments must be made if the medicine is to be given for children. The dose for a child depends on his/her weight and age.

The liquid formulation of motrin must be shaken well and taken only with the measuring spoon provided with the packet. Using a different measuring spoon can easily cause an overdose of the medicine as it is in the liquid form.

Important safety information

Taking Motrin would increase the risk of heart related diseases. This is more common for people who take it for a longer period of time or in larger dosage strengths.

If you have a history of any heart disease, do not forget to share about this to a doctor. If you are going to undergo a heart surgery or if you have done a surgery few days back then do not commence the treatment with this medication.

When Motrin is taken, it would cause abdominal or intestinal bleeding.

Never take this medication, if you are allergic to the main ingredient in Motrin.

If you have already taken NSAID and have experienced any allergic reactions or asthmatic attacks, do not take this medication.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol or stroke, report to the doctor prior to using Motrin.

Not only this, consult a doctor if you have stomach ulcers, history of hepatic, renal problems, bleeding and blood clots.

A person who consumes alcohol or who smokes should inform a medical specialist about this habit.

If you are pregnant especially in the last trimester, you have to avoid taking motrin. The drug would affect the fetus when the mother consumes it. This is the same case for a nursing woman. So, avoid taking this medication when you are breast feeding a child. If you have any plans of becoming pregnant, inform about this to a doctor.

You should not give motrin pills to a child who is below the age of 2 unless a doctor has prescribed it.

Side Effects

This medicine has common side effects such as rash and heart burn. It was seen that this medicine has fewer side effects compared to other NSAID’s. But it increases the risk of heart attacks and liver failure. It is also harmful when motrin is used during final stages of pregnancy. Other side effects are worsened asthma, itching sensation and ringing in the ears.

Interactions with other drugs

Motrin might interact with drugs such as blood pressure medication, steroid medicine, lithium and blood thinners. If you are consuming any of these medications inform your doctor so he can check if it safe for you to consume this medicine.

It is always better to check with a health care professional whether you can take other medications along with Motrin or not before commencing any other treatments. If you want to take other drugs and it is very important then your doctor would alter the dosage strength of Motrin and would tell you when to take and how to take it safely. Not only medications, consumption of alcohol is also found to interact with the drug. So, during the therapy, do not consume even a smaller amount of alcohol.


Mobic pain reliever is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that falls under the enolic acid group of NSAIDs. Available as the generic of Meloxicam, is derived from Oxicam.

The drug has an onset time for action of about thirty to sixty minutes and a biological half-life of about twenty hours. The pain reliever works by inhibiting the hormones that cause pain and inflammation.

The typical Mobic dose is dependent on the patient’s health problem, including the weight and age at the time of treatment.

Important information

Mobic is used to relieve pain and reduce in inflammation, particularly in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

The drug is indicated for use only in adults but children may also be prescribed to take it the illness is severe enough to warrant it.

Pregnant women are at risk of harming the baby if Mobic is taken during the third trimester. One should consult the doctor immediately regarding drug use if the person becomes pregnant while on the medication.

Dosage

Directions on the prescription label should also be followed. Mobic may be taken with or without food. Long-term use of the drug can causes changes in the blood and weight, which should be checked on a regular basis.

Mobic should never be administered along with alcohol as this can cause stomach bleeding. Self-medication, increasing or decreasing the dose, doubling the dose, and taking two doses close together is not recommended as this can increase the risk of side effects. Persons allergic to Meloxicam should not take this anti-inflammatory pill.

Side effects

Some of the mild to moderate symptoms are

  • nausea,
  • stomach troubles,
  • dizziness,
  • flu symptoms,
  • vomiting.
  • Bleeding in gastrointestinal tract

More severe or persistent side effects like

  • rapid weight gain,
  • breathing trouble,
  • anemia,
  • kidney troubles,
  • liver problems,
  • severe skin reactions.

Persons with a history of asthma, heart attacks and stroke are at higher risk of side effects and should not take Mobic without the doctor’s consent.

Relative Contraindications

Taking other NSAIDs that are similar Meloxicam is not recommended. Before taking this drug it is advisable to check with the medical practitioner on which other drugs to avoid.

While on Mobic, the individual should refrain from taking antidepressants, Methotrexate, Lithium, blood thinners, Cyclosporine, diuretic pills, heart disease related pills, blood pressure medicines, and steroids.

The individual should also check with the doctor if Mobic pill will interact adversely with vitamins, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter medications.


Indocin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that works by preventing the production of prostaglandins which is the physiologically active lipid that is found in every tissue of the body. The pill was discovered in the year 1963 and was approved by FDA in 1965 for use in the US markets.

Indocin is an effective tocolytic agent (meds that are used to suppress premature labor). By inhibiting prostaglandin in the uterus it reduces the uterine contractions in pregnant women.

Medical Uses

Indocin is primarily used to treat moderate to severe pain. As the pill prevents the production of prostaglandins it reduces swelling and pain. It is also used to treat menstrual cramps, reactive Arthritis, hypnic headaches (mild headaches that occur in people older than 63 years of age), rheumatoid arthritis, renal colic (pain due to kidney stones) and juvenile or childhood arthritis. In most cases the condition can be prevented from happening if the pill is taken in the way it has been directed.

Indocin is also helpful in the treatment of arthritis, gout and migraines. This pill is not supposed to be taken as a pain relief pill for minor aches or fever. In most cases it is used as an anti-inflammatory medication.

Dosing guide

Initially lower dose of Indocin is recommended to be taken 2 to 3 times a day. Depending on the severity of side effects the dosage strength may vary. Usually 25 mg of this pill is prescribed. Based on the results, the dosage may be increased to 50 mg upon consulting a physician but the maximum recommended dosage is 200 mg for a day. The generic version of this pill, indomethacin produces the same result as the brand one in terms of its efficacy. Treatment duration of this pill is also based on the medical condition for which the person is getting treated.

Important safety information

You should not use Indocin if you have any allergic reactions to any of its ingredients. Also do not use it if you have encountered allergic reactions to NSAIDs or to aspirin.

Do not take Indocin if you have just had heart bypass surgery or if you are going to have unless otherwise your doctor recommends you to take it.

If you are taking any other NSAID like ibuprofen presently, then refrain from using Indocin as doing so can result in severe unfavorable reactions or also in overdose.

Do not take Indocin during the last trimester of pregnancy as it can harm the unborn baby. If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant do inform the doctor in advance.

If you are breastfeeding a child, then intimate your doctor about it. Do not nurse a newborn when you are taking this medicine.

Talk to your doctor if you are using any other herbal or pharmaceutical product or if you have any allergies with any of the substances. The drug causes dizziness so it is not advised to take this medicine with alcohol.

Before you use Indocin, discuss with your doctor if you have any of the below mentioned family history of illness:

Diabetes, mood swings, mental instability, Parkinson’s disease, Depression, fluid retention problems, kidney disease, liver disease, Asthma, heart failure, high Blood Pressure, anemia, bleeding, blood clotting, stomach ulcers, dehydration, alcoholism, smoking.

When Indocin is used in conjunction with ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers, diuretics and AR blockers, they can all have an impact on the effectiveness of the medication.

This medicine has the potential to cause dizziness and lethargy. Consuming Indocin along with alcohol and other medications can make the effect stronger.

Do not engage in any machinery work or driving as the drug can affect your judgement and reaction time to stimuli. If you have been on Indocin for a long period of time, the chances are high for you to get stomach ulcers and bleeding.

You should not take the medicine in large doses. Do not smoke or drink alcohol when you are taking Indocin.

Indocin should be taken along with meals though that will not minimize the risk of side effects. If you encounter symptoms of stomach bleeding, then you will have to consult the doctor immediately.

Side effects

Common side effects like constipation, dizziness, indigestion and headaches if occur should be reported immediately. Also if severe side effects like heart attacks, bloody urine, fainting and vaginal bleeding are found to happen, then they should be treated immediately by a physician.

Interaction with other drugs

Indocin interacts with many over-the-counter drugs and drugs that are used in the treatment of gout, rheumatoid arthritis, seizures and other drugs like aspirin and diuretics. An individual should consult a doctor to know the complete list of drugs that interact with this drug.


Deltasone is a prescription medication that contains prednisone, the generic name of the drug which is a glucocorticoid. It is a steroid drug and is similar to cortisone that is being made in the adrenal glands having the anti-inflammatory benefits. Prednisone is available in the form of crystalline powders that is white in color and is odorless. It is slightly soluble in water, alcohol, chloroform and even in methanol. The pill can be availed generic form after verifying the constituents of the pill and making sure if they are true in the composition.

Medical Uses

Deltasone is used in the treatment of a number of medical conditions like skin diseases, blood disorders, arthritis, breathing problems, eye related issues, allergies, immune system disorders and even cancer. The pill works by decreasing the immune system’s response to various diseases thereby reducing the symptoms like swelling and allergic reactions. They can cause profound metabolic effects. Physicians make use of the pill in treating several inflammatory conditions like ulcer, microscopic colitis, Crohn’s disease and also auto immune hepatitis.

Dosage and Administration

This medication is available in the dosage strength of 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg. you can get this drug as a bulk of 30 pills, 60 pills, 90 pills, 120 pills, 180 pills, 270 pills, and 360 pills. You have to choose how many number pills your package of this medication would consist of.  Start with the lower dose as mentioned by a health care professional and can increase it if it is needed at a later point of time.

The medicine comes in oral solution form and can be taken once each day either with a full glass of water. Those who have stomach upset can consume Deltasone tablets with food and milk. The dosage strength and the number of doses per day depend upon the patients’ age, health condition and the response to the medication. Follow the doctor’s guidance carefully and do not change the dosage strength abruptly unless otherwise is insisted by the physician.

If you are prescribed to take only a single dose of Deltasone, then it is better to consume it in the morning before 9 A.M. If you are taking the dosage at irregular intervals, it is better to take it at the same time each day so as to make it work more effectively.

Side effects

One might encounter side effects while taking Deltasone. The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, sleeping troubles, sweating, acne or loss of appetite. In case, any of these conditions worsen, it is crucial to visit a health care professional immediately.

Get emergency medical consultation if you get muscle pain, infection, weight gain, swelling of the hands, feet, fingers, toes, blurred vision, abdominal pain, fever, sore throat, changes in mood upon consuming Deltasone. The drug might rarely cause a rise in the level of blood sugar that could cause or worsen the diabetes.

Precautions

  • Tell your healthcare professional, if you are allergic to this active ingredient or if you had a history of allergic reactions by any drug.
  • Since it is found that taking Deltasone during pregnancy or lactating would affect the fetus or baby, it is essential to avoid this medication at this stage.
  • If pediatric patients take this medication for a longer period they could develop bone problems, hence give them only the recommended dosage strength and have a close look on them during the treatment.
  • When geriatric patients are given with this medication, it is possible that they get affected from kidney or liver problem or heart related problems.

What drugs interact with Deltasone?

There are certain products that can interact with this drug like ibuprofen, aspirin, bupropion, azithromycin, deferasirox, Cipro XR, Humira, nalidixic acid, Trovan, Zagam, Deltasone , ciprofloxacin, desirudin, Factive,  Dryvax, Aubagio , Avelox, Korlym, Sabril, Wellbutrin , Xeljanz XR, talimogene and Thalomid. This is not the complete list of drugs that might interact with Deltasone so keep your doctor notified of all the drugs you take so as to cautiously prevent drug interactions.

Few people might get allergic reactions if they take any over the counter pills, prescription medications or other herbal or dietary supplements and drug interaction might also be the reason behind it. In some cases it might also cause severe ill effects so it is always better to avoid this situation.


Feldene is an anti-inflammation medication that is classified as a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). The generic version of this medicine is manufactured in various forms such as tablets, capsules, which are available only upon prescription and a gel which is available without a prescription. It contains 5 % of the active ingredient of the medicine which is piroxicam.

Although the exact working mechanism of Feldene is still not understood, it is believed that it may work by blocking certain enzymes that cause inflammation. Hence due to the way this medicine works it is not suitable for certain people.

Medical Uses

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two main conditions treated by Feldene. It helps to reduce the swelling of joints, stiffness and pain associated with this condition.

Important safety information

If you are going to undergo any surgery or commence any other treatment then you have to tell to a doctor that you are taking Feldene.

A person who takes the drug for a prolonged period of time or with higher dosage strengths, it is likely that he or she would experience abdominal or intestinal bleeding, stomach ulcers and this could be fatal.

Side effects are very common in people who smoke and consume alcohol. Even if you take this medication along with a meal, the risk of developing side effects is still the same.

Take Feldene only with dosage strength that is prescribed for you.

There are chances that this medication would reduce the number of platelets in the body. When this happens, the blood does not easily clot after an injury. In this case, it is better to avoid playing any sport or doing any activities that would cause any cuts on the skin.

Elderly patients are more vulnerable in developing ill effects because of this medication. If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, it is wise to avoid taking Feldene at this period and would commence the treatment later with the help of a doctor.

One must avoid involving in activities that can cause injuries easily, for example, serious sports and intense physical activity. This is because Feldene reduces the rate of healing of the body so it takes a long time for the blood to clot.

Dosage and Administration

Feldene is available in the dosage strength of 20 mg. Ask your doctor on which is your suitable dose. If you are prescribed with 10 mg then split the medication and take it. People who suffer from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can take the dosage strength either 20 mg once in a day or 10 mg twice in a day.

Feldene tablets must be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Taking lot of water reduces the possibility of formation of kidney stones. The medicine must not be taken in higher doses than what is recommended for your condition. Higher dose is known be very fatal for many people. Any missed dose must be taken immediately as soon as one recalls forgetting the dose. But if it is almost close to your next interval the medicine can be skipped.

Side Effects

Feldene can cause skin conditions that are severe and exhibit symptoms such as peeling and blistering. It is also known to cause fluctuations in the blood pressure so one must get regular checkups when they are using this medicine.

Feldene is also notorious for causing certain eye problems. So even regular eye checkups are in order. Other common side effects include nausea, depression, lightheadedness, pain in the stomach, heart burn and bowel problems. People who take higher dose of this pill however, are more prone to stomach ulcers and bleeding.

What drugs interact with Feldene?

Aspirin is one of the main pills that interact with the functioning of this drug. Apart from that cholestyramine, anticoagulants, ACE inhibitors (Angiotensin-converting enzyme), probenecid and bisphosphonates also interact with this medicine. While some of them decrease the efficiency of feldene, there are chances that this medication may reduce the effectiveness of other drugs too. So avoid suffering any side effects and inform your doctor about all the pills that you consume on a daily basis.


Diclofenac is the generic formulation of voltaren, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that inhibits cyclooxygenase (COX) to decrease the prostaglandins in the epithelium (animal tissue that lines the cavities, surfaces of blood vessels and organs) of the stomach.

Medical Uses

Diclofenac is primarily used in the treatment of inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, polymyositis, gout attacks and also dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps. The pill is used in the treatment of mild to moderate post-traumatic pain. The medication is also available in topical form (medication is applied only on a particular area) for the treatment of minor sprains.

Diclofenac can also be used to treat chronic pain related to cancer. Due to its severity in side effects the drug is not supposed to be used by heart failure patients or patients with active bleeding like cerebral hemorrhage. The drug has to be taken only as told by the physician as it is found to worsen existing hypertension if it is not taken in the correct way.

Dosing guide

Diclofenac is available in many formulations and the dosage varies depending on the medical condition of the person. The topical lotion form is used in the treatment of osteoarthritis of knee. It is better to start with the smallest dose of this medication in the initial stage. When it is taken in powdered form it has be mixed with some water and taken on an empty stomach. The med is also available as over-the-counter drug in some countries.

Important safety information

Before taking Diclofenac it is recommended that you take a few basic precautions to ensure the safe use of the drug. These may be as follows:

  • It is not advised to use this drug you have ever had an allergic reaction to any NSAID, aspirin, or other drugs too.
  • Do not continue taking Diclofenac for an extended period of time or in high doses as it can lead to heart attack or stroke.
  • Those who have an existing heart condition are at greater risk when using this drug. It should not be taken either before or after a cardiac bypass surgery.
  • Another dangerous side effect that can occur is bleeding in the stomach or intestines, which can become fatal if it occurs and is not treated in time.
  • Be sure to inform the doctor if you have any major health problem like heart disease, history of stroke, blood clots, heart attack, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, stomach ulcers, allergic to beef or beef products, liver diseases, fluid retention problems, and asthma.
  • Diclofenac should not be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy as it can harm the fetus. Always inform the doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or currently breast-feeding.

Side Effects

Common side effects like bloating, constipation, headaches, rashes and diarrhea may happen in the initial stage of consumption of Diclofenac. But this may settle down over time. Many people reported upper gastrointestinal complications while taking this pill. Side effects like nose bleeding, inflammation of liver, low blood pressure, anxiety, stroke, nightmares and psychotic reactions are found to occur in few people. Such conditions of severity must be treated by a physician immediately. There are possibilities for these side effects when the pill is not taken in the way it has been directed.

Interactions with other drugs

It is not recommended to take Diclofenac with the below mentioned drugs as they interact with this drug

  • Ketorolac
  • Beta blockers
  • Antidepressants
  • Medications taken for diabetes

Also it is not advisable to take other prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and even vitamins supplements while the person is on treatment with this drug.


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