Is Cataflam Safe?
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with Cataflam. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. When people do develop side effects, they are generally minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by your healthcare provider.
Some common side effects with Cataflam include:
(Click Cataflam Side Effects to learn about the specific side effects of Cataflam, including possible serious side effects to look out for.)
Cataflam can potentially interact with a number of other medicines.
(Click Cataflam Drug Interactions for more information.)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that people using NSAIDs, including Cataflam, may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke than those people who do not take NSAIDs. This warning does not apply to those who take aspirin. This risk may be higher in people who have been taking NSAIDs for a long time. These events can occur without any warning and can lead to death. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any of the following:
- Heart disease or a heart attack
- A stroke
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol.
You should also talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Cataflam if you have:
- Congestive heart failure
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Bleeding problems (or if you are taking a medicine that decreases the ability of your blood to clot)
- Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of either condition
- Any allergies to medicines, including aspirin or other NSAID pain medicines.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Cataflam and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Diclofenac and Breastfeeding)
- Drink alcohol frequently
- Have recently had heart surgery.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Cataflam Precautions and Warnings for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take Cataflam.)