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A 48-year-old female asked:

Hi dr, i am taking diclofenac for my osteoarthritis and and heard that it is not safe, causes ulcers, high blood pressure and heart attacks, what is safe to use?

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Dr. Andrea Gonzalez Gamez
Specializes in General Practice
NSAIDs: NSAIDs like diclofenac are valuable medications for patients with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. The risk of ulcers and complications tends to be dose related. Therefore, the smallest effective dose of NSAIDs is taken to minimize the risk. Take NSAIDs with meals and talk to your doctor about receiving a special NSAIDs called selective Cox-2 inhibitors.

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Last updated Nov 23, 2019

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