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What is Diclofenac Used For?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Diclofenac is a commonly used medication that helps with pain relief and reducing inflammation.

You can access diclofenac as a tablet, capsule or suppository by prescription only.

Diclofenac gels like Voltarol Gel can be purchased from your local pharmacy, assuming they have it in stock. 

It works by inhibiting the production of certain substances in the body called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are chemicals that promote inflammation, pain, and fever when they are released in response to injury or illness.

What Is It Used For?

Pain Management

Diclofenac is often used to relieve pain. It can help with various types of pain, from mild to moderate, including pain in joints and muscles.

Inflammation Reduction

Diclofenac is effective at reducing inflammation in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. 

Migraine Relief

Though diclofenac isn’t able to prevent or lessen the number of migraines you have, it can be useful in providing relief from pain and associated symptoms.

How Long Does Diclofenac Take to Work?

If you’re taking diclofenac as a tablet or capsule, it will usually take around 20-30 minutes before you notice an effect. 

Diclofenac suppositories can take a few hours to work, as they need longer to be absorbed into the body. 

Using a diclofenac gel on your skin usually takes 1-2 days to work, while using it for an arthritic joint can take up to a week before you start to feel the full effect.

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If you’ve been prescribed diclofenac by your GP to treat your condition, you can now place your order online with Healthera.

It only takes a few minutes to set up your prescription for collection or home delivery from your local pharmacy. 

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