General Info on Diclofenac Sodium Extended-Release

How Does Diclofenac Sodium Extended-Release Work?

Diclofenac sodium extended-release belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Like other NSAIDs, it works by blocking a specific enzyme known as cyclooxygenase (COX), blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body.


By blocking the production of prostaglandins, diclofenac sodium extended-release is useful at reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other diseases.

When and How Do I Take Diclofenac Sodium Extended-Release?

General considerations for when and how to take diclofenac sodium extended-release include the following:
  • Diclofenac sodium extended-release comes in tablet form. It is generally taken by mouth once a day.
  • It is usually recommended to take NSAIDs with food to help prevent stomach upset. However, food may cause this medication to work more slowly. Do not break, chew, or crush the diclofenac sodium extended-release tablets.
  • It may take several weeks for the full effects of diclofenac sodium extended-release to be felt.
  • 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 serious side effects occurring.
  • Diclofenac sodium extended-release should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the medication in your blood.
  • For diclofenac sodium extended-release to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Diclofenac sodium extended-release will not work if you take it in a way other than how your healthcare provider recommends.
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