Yes, I do use this medication, however my RA doc has me make it up into a cream and use it topically instead of swallowing them and risking stomach and intestinal damage. Diclofenac is a rather old, but good good antinflamatory NSAID medication that really can ruin your stomach which is why they don't prescribe it much anymore.
I know it may sound strange but it works really well. My husband will rub it in all over my back, arms and legs and within about 15 minutes there is som pretty good pain relief.
I am on other meds for my RA/fibro as well and use the diclofenac cream when I am in a bad flare.
Apparently, there is a gel that is already made up that can be used. It is called Emulgel. I think I may ask about that at the next doc. appt.
How do you make it in a cream?
my dr prescribed it for me in a patch, but it cost $150.00 for a months supply, and i just can't afford it. if you have good prescription insurance, you might ask your dr for that.
I recently tried "the patch" with a co-pay of $43.00 and returned the whole box so upset because it did not do a thing and actually made the pain worse!!! AND I had red itching spots along the areas of my ankle that have the most arhtritis pain!!
I used it for 2 days .. changing the patch ev. 12 hrs and I was in more pain vs. not taking any NSAID at all via mouth. It actually made the pain worse .. worse than not even taking my meds by mouth!
I have been on Mobic for 2yrs 15mg (labs drawn ev. 6 mos and kidney ok) for a severe tibial tendonitis/arthritis of the ankle ... I cannot live w/o the med due to the pain but oftentimes get some GI side effects and also if taken too close to my Synthroid (thyriod issues) I get very tired and/or anxiety ....
As I ramble .. I guess I'm wondering if ANYBODY out there has seen success with this new patch and what you think about it .... Big Zero for me.
Cheryl (Grade III Tibial Tendonits + osteoarthritis ankle (cannot recall the name of the joint) confirmed by MRI/x-rays as a result of congenital flat feet)
I used for month so about 13 years ago when I had bad flare up of Undifferent Connective Disease work with week of used it swelling when down pain still here but now use different type.
Price I got for free due lived in Britian.