Voltaren generic name diclofenac belongs to a family of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which works by reducing hormones in the body that cause inflammation and pain in the body. It is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis and may also be used for other purposes.
Do not consume alcohol while taking cataflam as it can increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Do not use this drug if you have an allergy to the drug or have an allergic reaction to aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs, Have a history of heart attack, stroke or blood clot, heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers or bleeding, liver or kidney disease, asthma, polyps in your nose, bleeding or blood clotting disorder or if you smoke.
Less serious side effects are upset stomach, mild heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, dizziness, headache, nervousness, skin itching or rash, blurred vision or ringing in your ears. If these occur call your physician for advice,
Serious side effects are chest pain, weakness, short of breath, slurred speech, vision or balance problems, black bloody stools, coughing up blood, granular vomit, swelling or rapid weight gain, changes in urination, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, sore throat, headache with blistering and peeling of the skin, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, fever, headache, neck stiffness, chills, sensitive to light, purple spots on skin or seizures. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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