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Arthrotec Medication - Uses & Side Effects

This medicine is a combination of Diclofenac and Misoprostol. Diclofenac reduces the joint pain, stiffness, inflammation, or swelling that may be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Misoprostol is a synthetic prostaglandin shown to protect the stomach lining from irritating effects of NSAIDs. Diclofenac is in a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by reducing substances that may cause inflammation and pain in the body.

Arthrotec Dosage

  • For the treatment of Osteoarthritis, the usual starting dose is 50 milligrams 3 times daily.
  • For the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the usual starting dose is 50 milligrams 3 or 4 times daily.

Uses of Arthrotec

  • The combination, diclofenac and misoprostol, is used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in people who have high risk of developing stomach or intestinal ulcers.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Arthrotec

Before taken Arthrotec medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Arthrotec. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Nausea

Warnings and precautions before taking Arthrotec:

  • If you have kidney problems or liver disease, then you should be used this drug with extra caution.
  • If you develop signs of a liver problem, such as nausea, fatigue, tiredness, itching, yellowed eyes and skin, tenderness in the upper right area of your stomach, or flu-like symptoms, then you should stop taking Arthrotec.
  • You should not take Arthrotec if you're dehydrated. You should also be avoided to taking Arthrotec if you have a condition known as porphyria.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Arthrotec with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Arthrotec with the following:

  • Aspirin
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Digoxin
  • Glipizide
  • Insulin
  • Lithium
  • Methotrexate
  • Phenobarbital
  • Warfarin

After taken Arthrotec if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Arthrotec overdose include

  • Abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Fever
  • Lack of muscle tone
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Throbbing heartbeat
  • Vomiting

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