The usual dose of Cataflam for acute pain relief or treatment of painful menstrual periods is 50 mg taken three times daily. For osteoarthritis symptoms, the recommended dosage is 50 mg taken two or three times daily. It is recommended that people with rheumatoid arthritis take a dose of 50 mg three or four times daily. Besides the medical condition you are being treated for, other factors that can affect your dosage include other medical conditions you may have and other medications you may be currently taking.
The dose of Cataflam® (diclofenac potassium) that your healthcare provider prescribes will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your Cataflam dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Acute Pain Including Menstrual Pain
For acute pain relief or treatment of painful menstrual periods, the usual Cataflam dose is Cataflam 50 mg taken three times a day.
For symptoms of osteoarthritis, the recommended Cataflam dose is 50 mg taken two or three times a day.
For rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, the recommended Cataflam dose is 50 mg taken three or four times a day.
Some considerations for people taking Cataflam include:
- It is usually recommended to take NSAIDs (like Cataflam) with food to help prevent stomach upset. However, food may cause this medication to work more slowly.
- It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease the chances of developing serious side effects.
- Cataflam should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level of medicine in your blood.
- For Cataflam to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed.
- It may take Cataflam several weeks to begin working to its full potential.
- If you do not take your Cataflam as scheduled, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing. Do not take a double dose at one time or take your dose with other NSAIDs. However, it is generally okay to take it with acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
- If you are unsure about anything related to Cataflam or your dosage of Cataflam, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.