Arthrotec (Diclofenac/Misoprostol)

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What is Arthrotec (Diclofenac/Misoprostol) prescribed for?

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, and common symptoms between them all is pain and stiffness. Arthritis has everything to do with your joints, such as your wrists, knees, hips, and fingers.

This medication is a combination of two different drugs: Diclofenac and Misoprostol. Diclofenac is used to reduce pain, swelling and joint stiffness caused by arthritis. It is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) Misoprostol protects the stomach from diclofenac’s irritation effects.

In combination this medication is use to treat arthritis in people who are at a high risk of getting stomach or intestinal ulcers and complications such as bleeding from the ulcer.

Read any information give to you by your doctor, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication. Speak with your doctor first.

Take this medication exactly as described to you by your doctor. Follow all of their directions. Do not take this medication in larger amounts or for longer then what you have been given.

Make sure to take this medication with food or milk to lessen any stomach aches. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break or chew the pill.

Before taking Artane, it is best to inform you doctor if you are allergic to Diclofenac or Misoprostol, or any other allergies that you may have. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions and other issues.

Diclofenac can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if used in long term or taken in high doses. Even without the high risk, it is still possible to have a stroke or heart attack while taking Artane. This medication (Diclofenac) may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding. Please see your doctor right away if you are experiencing this.

Let your doctor know if you have or had the following; active bleeding in stomach or intestines, if you are pregnant, history of asthma attacks or severe allergic reactions to aspirin or NSAID, heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, blood clots, history of stomach ulcers, asthma, porphyria, liver or kidney disease and fluid retention.

Get emergency medical attention if you have signs of an allergic reaction to arthritic, such as sneezing, runny or stuff nose, wheezing, trouble breathing, hives, swelling of your face, lips, tongue and throat.

Also get emergency medical help you have signs of a heart attack or stroke while taking this medication. Chest pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, feeling short of breath are all concerns as well.

Stop taking Arthrotec and call your doctor at once if you have; signs of a skin rash, no matter how mild, shortness of breath, swelling and rapid weight gain, signs of stomach bleeding (blood or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds), liver problems such as nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, flu like symptoms, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, and jaundice. Kidney problems. low red blood cells, and any kind of severe skin reaction.

 What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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