When and How to Take It

Some general considerations include the following:
  • Diclofenac comes in a variety of different forms, including tablets, extended-release tablets, capsules, gel, skin patches, and eye drops. Recently, a topical solution form of the drug was also approved by the FDA. The specific instructions for the different products vary substantially.


  • For the oral products, it is usually recommended to take diclofenac (and other NSAIDs) with food to help prevent stomach upset. However, food may cause this medication to work more slowly.
  • If you take this medication more than once per day, try to space out your doses evenly throughout the day.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The particular diclofenac product
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may currently be taking.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Diclofenac Dosage for more information.)

Drug Interactions With Diclofenac

This drug can potentially interact with several other medications (see Diclofenac Drug Interactions).

Overdose Information

An overdose with this medication may cause serious effects. Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else may have taken an overdose.
(Click Diclofenac Overdose for more information.)
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