Cataflam is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988 to treat mild to moderate pain associated with menstruation. It is also known by its drug name, Diclofenac.
Cataflam should not be used by people who are allergic to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen. Cataflam may not be appropriate for pregnant women. Cataflam should be used with caution in smokers, diabetics, and people with a history of heart problems, asthma, anemia, clotting disorders, liver disease, stomach ulcers, kidney problems, gastrointestinal bleeding, high blood pressure, or strokes.
Cataflam is an NSAID. NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain, and inflammation. Cataflam is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation in the body.
How do I take it?
Cataflam is taken orally as a tablet three times a day. Your doctor will prescribe a dosage based on your needs. When taking NSAIDs, it is important to use the lowest dose that is effective and to take it for the shortest amount of time to avoid side effects.
Do not take Cataflam while you are also taking aspirin or another NSAID drug.
Your doctor should monitor your blood pressure regularly while you are taking Cataflam.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Cataflam.
In an article last updated in 2015, researchers concluded that NSAIDs such as Cataflam can be effective for relieving pain associated with endometriosis. NSAIDs do not reduce or stop the growth of endometrial tissues. NSAIDs work best in combination with another form of medication, such as hormonal birth control.
The risk of side effects from NSAIDs increases the longer you take them.
Rare but serious side effects of Cataflam may include an increase in the risk of stroke, heart attack, fluid retention, edema (swelling), liver damage, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience pain in your chest or left arm, shortness of breath, abdominal pain or swelling, numbness or swelling in your hands or feet, or sudden weakness on one side of your body while taking Cataflam.
Taking Cataflam may raise your blood pressure.
Common side effects of Cataflam include constipation, gas, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Contact your doctor if you experience severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, black stools that appear bloody or tarry, a change in the amount of urine you produce, yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice), weight gain, skin problems such as rash or hives, hoarseness, flu-like symptoms, weight gain, loss of appetite, and fast heartbeat (tachycardia), or a stiff neck while taking Cataflam.
Seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, rash, or itching or swelling of the face, tongue, and throat.