Diclofenac sodium extended-release is a prescription drug licensed to relieve pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness in people who have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or a number of other conditions. The drug comes in tablet form, and is typically taken once a day. Possible side effects include fluid retention, liver damage, and unexplained rash.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with diclofenac sodium extended-release. Not everyone who takes the drug, however, will experience side effects. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor, meaning that they require no treatment or are easily treated by your healthcare provider.
Common side effects of diclofenac sodium extended-release include:
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