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WARNING - Diclofenac Sodium, Voltarol, Brufen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Discussion in 'The Knowledge Base' started by Rainbird, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Rainbird

    Rainbird The Pierced Godmother Staff Member

    DICLOFENAC, BRUFEN, VOLTAROL -
    ANTI INFLAMMATORY NON STEROIDAL DRUGS




    Medical advice in the UK has changed this week.
    This is a copy of one of the BBC releases. There is a link to the medical press release which I'm hoping Laura will not mind in view of the medicinal nature of this post.

    Other drug names: APSIFEN, ARTROTEC, EBUFAC, DICLOMAX SR, MOTIFENE, LIDIFEN, , PAXPFEN, RHUMALGAN, VOLRAMAN, -
    this is not a comprehensive list of medications which may includes diclofenac solium .
    Heart risk warning over painkiller diclofenac

    People with heart problems have been advised to stop using one of the most commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs in the UK.
    The medicines regulator said painkiller diclofenac could significantly increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke for some patients.
    The advice has been updated after a European review of the risks.
    Millions of people take diclofenac for a range of conditions including headaches, back pain and arthritis.
    The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the drug should not be used by people with serious underlying heart conditions.
    People who have suffered heart failure, heart disease or a stroke should stop using it completely.
    Smokers and people with high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and diabetes have been advised to use the drug only after consulting their GP or pharmacist.
    The MHRA said diclofenac would continue to provide safe and effective pain relief, apart from patients in certain "at risk" groups.
    Dr Sarah Branch, deputy director of the MHRA's vigilance and risk management of medicines division, said: "Whilst this is a known risk and warnings have been included in patient and healthcare information for some time, this advice is now being updated."
    Six million prescriptions were written in the UK for diclofenac last year and the drug is also available over the counter.
     
  2. patbodpierce

    patbodpierce Member

    Thanks Rainbrd for bringing this to our attention
     
  3. Rainbird

    Rainbird The Pierced Godmother Staff Member

    Very welcome Pat.
     
  4. Angel on the Edge

    Angel on the Edge Administrator

    Thank you for sharing that info, Rainbird!
    Laura
     

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