The prescription medicine Cataflam relieves pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by a number of conditions. Some specific uses of Cataflam include treating painful menstrual periods; symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis; and pain caused by inflammation or bone, muscle, or tendon injury. The medicine is also sometimes used "off-label" to treat cancer pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia and gout, among other conditions.
Cataflam® (diclofenac potassium) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to pain, inflammation, swelling, or stiffness.
Specific Cataflam uses include:
Pain relief. Cataflam relieves pain caused by straining a muscle or inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis), as well as following a medical procedure.
- Relief of osteoarthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling.
- Relief of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
- Treatment of painful menstrual periods.
Cataflam is not a cure for the types of arthritis mentioned above, nor does it slow the progression of the disease.
Cataflam and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) work by inhibiting the production of certain substances (called prostaglandins) that cause inflammation and pain in the body. By blocking the production of prostaglandins, Cataflam is useful at reducing pain related to a number of conditions. This includes pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions; and pain related to inflammation or bone, muscle, or tendon injury.