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diclofenac sodium tablets
Consumer Medicine Information
This leaflet answers some common questions about Viclofen Tablets.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks of you taking this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
Viclofen Tablets belongs to a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). It relieves pain and reduces inflammation (swelling and redness).
It is used for short-term treatment of the following conditions:
It contains the active ingredient diclofenac sodium.
Viclofen Tablets can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation but it will not cure your condition.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.
This medicine is not addictive.
Do not take this medicine if you have an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Many medicines used to treat headache, period pain and other aches and pains contain aspirin or NSAID medicines. If you are allergic to aspirin or NSAID medicines and you use diclofenac, these symptoms may be severe.
Do not take this medicine if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
Do not take this medicine during the last three months of pregnancy. Use of this medicine during the last three months of pregnancy may affect your baby and may delay labour and birth.
Do not breastfeed if you are taking this medicine. The active ingredient in Viclofen Tablets passes into breast milk and there is a possibility that your baby may be affected.
Viclofen Tablets should not be taken by children.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant or are breastfeeding. There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine during the first 6 months of pregnancy and it must not be used during the last 3 months. This medicine may also reduce fertility and affect your chances of becoming pregnant. Your doctor or pharmacist can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are lactose intolerant. Viclofen Tablets contain lactose.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell him/her before you start taking Viclofen Tablets.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicine, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Viclofen Tablets may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may be affected by Viclofen Tablets, or may affect how well it works. You may need to use different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
The usual dosage is one or two tablets two to three times a day when necessary. Not recommended for use in children.
Do not take more than eight tablets in 24 hours.
The tablets should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. Do not chew them. The tablets have a special coating to stop them from dissolving until they have gone through the stomach into the bowel. If you chew them, the coating is destroyed.
Take your medicine with or immediately after a meal. If you take it on an empty stomach, it may cause stomach upset.
Viclofen Tablets are for short term use only.
If pain persists for more than 3 days, please see your doctor.
Viclofen Tablets should only be taken when necessary. It should not be taken on a regular basis.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the one that you missed. This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else has taken too much Viclofen Tablets. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of an overdose may include: nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal haemorrhage, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, drowsiness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or convulsions, headache, dizziness and blurred vision.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Viclofen Tablets.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you become pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant or breastfeeding while taking Viclofen Tablets.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking this medicine. NSAID medicines can slow down blood clotting and affect kidney function.
If you get an infection while taking Viclofen Tablets, tell your doctor or pharmacist. This medicine may hide some of the signs of an infection (pain, fever, swelling, redness). You may think, mistakenly, that you are better or that the infection is not serious.
Do not take Viclofen Tablets to treat any other complaints unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Do not take any of the following medicines while you are using Viclofen Tablets without first telling your doctor:
If you take these medicines together with Viclofen Tablets, they may cause unwanted side effects.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Viclofen Tablets affects you This medicine may cause dizziness, drowsiness, light-headedness, spinning sensation (vertigo) or blurred vision in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Elderly patients should take the minimum number of tablets that provides relief of symptoms. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine than other adults.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Viclofen Tablets. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
If you are over 65 years old, you should be especially careful while taking this medicine. Report any side effects promptly to your doctor or pharmacist. As people grow older, they are more likely to get side effects from medicines.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
If any of the following happen, stop taking Viclofen Tablets, and tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately, or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell. Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
Keep your medicine in the original container. If you take it out of its original container it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store Viclofen Tablets or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in a car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Return any unused or out of date medicine to your pharmacist.
Viclofen Tablets 25mg - round, brown-yellow enteric coated tablets.
Available in blisters of 20 and 30 tablets.
Viclofen Tablets 25mg contain 25mg diclofenac sodium.
This medicine does not contain sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Viclofen Tablets is supplied in Australia by:
Sandoz Pty Ltd
ABN 60 075 449 553
19 Harris St
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Tel: 1800 634 500
This leaflet was revised in June 2011.
Australian Register Number
Viclofen Tablets 25mg: AUST R 75245 (blisters)
Published by MIMS/myDr November 2011