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Diclofenac Sodium/Misoprostol

Arthrotec is used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in those who are at a high risk of developing ulcers or other complications from NSAIDs. 

The potential risks should be weighed against the benefits when considering Arthrotec. If Arthrotec is prescribed, it should be used at the lowest dose for the shortest period possible. 

Full prescribing information is available at:

http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=8558

Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthrotec 

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    My primary care giver prescribed Diclofenac Sodium Dr 50 mg tabs and I also must use Warfarin. A Pain Management Specialist told me I should not be taking Diclofenac and Warfarin together. Who is right?

    I have used Diclofenac patches (sold under the name “Flector”) and topical gel (“Voltaren”) successfully for over 1 year w/o any known side effects for fibromyalgia and shoulder reconstruction surgery. You might try the topical applications vs. oral administration to circumvent many of the undesirable side effects of Diclofenac.

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