Arthrotec is a combination medication which relieves painful inflammation and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, while reducing the risk of gastrointestinal irritation.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are effective treatments for the pain and inflammation of arthritis but can often cause damage to the lining of the stomach. Doctors prescribe Arthrotec which contains two different generic medicines, a NSAID called diclofenac and another drug that helps to protect the lining of your stomach called misoprostol.
The NSAID ingredient works by reducing the production of certain chemicals called prostaglandins, thereby decreasing painful inflammation in the joints. Unfortunately, this also reduces the protective mucus on the inside surface of the stomach, making it prone to being harmed by stomach acid. The second ingredient in this medication, misoprostol, reduces the acid in your stomach and replaces the prostaglandins that are lost, thereby protecting the thick mucus layer.
Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. If you are taking this medication for more than seven days, see your doctor to discuss how it is working for you. In order to lessen stomach upset, take this medication with food or milk. Swallow the tablet whole and remain sitting or standing for 15 to 30 minutes to reduce possible irritation. Usually, the dose is 50mg taken orally twice per day. If you miss a dose, take the next dose at the regular time.
These may not be all the side effects of Arthrotec 75mg.
Do not take this medication if you have inflammatory bowel disease, have high potassium in the blood, had heart bypass surgery, have heart failure, have bleeding disorders or have an allergy to any of the ingredients in Arthrotec. You should not start Arthrotec until you have been tested to confirm that you are not pregnant.
Before taking Arthrotec, discuss your medical history with your doctor especially if you have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding in the brain or a family history of asthma. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication due to the risk of stomach problems.
Keep Arthrotec at room temperature and out of the reach of children. Protect from heat and moisture.
Arthritis is a broad term encompassing many different conditions with joint pain being the common symptom. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two of the most common types. Symptoms include joint stiffness, inflammation, redness, pain and swelling. More than 21 million Americans have osteoarthritis. Approximately 2.1 million Americans suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. There is no cure for arthritis. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and improve joint function. As the disease progresses, different approaches may be used such as medications, therapy and surgery.
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