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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Cataflam

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Cataflam [posted 1/5/99]
Question: I currently am suffering from acute tendentious in my ankle and can only walk with relatively little pain with the help of the anti-inflammatory Cataflam. It works, but is there any harm in taking it long term? I only take it with meals and have had no problem with my stomach from it, but is long term use going to harm any other organs, such as my liver?

Answer: Long term risks are decreased renal function and some liver toxicity risk. This is usually seen with use of greater than 10 years.

Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
Question: Could you please provide me with the manufacturer of Cataflam (a.k.a.Voltaren, a.k.a. diclofenac).

Answer: Novartis 888-669-6682.

Cataflam (diclofenac potassium)
Question: I would appreciate any information you could forward on the advantages and side effects of this drug?

Answer: Cataflam(diclofenac sodium) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. Side effects are similar to other NSAIDS. That is, mainly gastric distress, ulcers, diarrhea, and occasional rash. It is used for pain and inflammatory conditions and is generally used three times a day although a time release is available. Other brand name is Voltaren. There doesn't appear to be major advantages to this drug versus other NSAIDS and it generally costs more.

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