Can I take Diclofenac in pregnancy?
Diclofenac is not generally recommended in pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
This is because there is a small risk that problems may be caused for your unborn baby if Diclofenac is taken in early or late pregnancy.
Do I need a prescription?
You must have a valid prescription before you are able to buy Diclofenac tablets. Please complete the consultation if you need a private prescription.
You can purchase multiple (2) packs of this product on a single prescription.
N.B. Diclofenac plasters and gel are available from your pharmacist.
What if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take a dose of Diclofenac at the time it’s due, take it as soon as you remember – unless it's nearly time for your next dose. In that case, take your next dose as normal, and skip the missed dose entirely.
Never take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose, and don’t take more than 150 mg in any 24-hour period.
What happens if I take too much?
Taking too many Diclofenac can be harmful. Side effects can include:
- stomach ache
- feeling sick, vomiting or diarrhoea
- blood in your vomit, or black stools – signs of bleeding in your stomach or gut
- dizziness or disorientation
- ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
If you accidentally take too much Diclofenac, contact your doctor straight away. If you need to go to hospital, take with you the Diclofenac packet or leaflet inside it, plus any remaining medicine.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Diclofenac?
Yes, but do drink it only in moderation, as too much can irritate the lining of the stomach.