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diclofenac (cataflam, voltaren)

available over the counter: no

uses: mild to moderate pain and inflammation caused by tendinits, arthritis, gout, soft tissue injury

mechanism of action: interferes with formation of prostaglandins ( cause inflammation and make nerves more sensitive)

side effects
• commom: nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, headache
• less common: ulcers or sores in mouth, rashes or blistering of skin, ringing sound in ears, tingling of hands or feet, seizures, blurred vision

concerns: inhibits blood coagulation, and may increase bleeding at surgery;  stop meds well before surgery

 

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