What is Arthrotec
Arthrotec is a medicine that is prescribed for treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in people who are at high risk for developing stomach or intestinal ulcers. It is a combination of diclofenac and misoprostol. Diclofenac reduces hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Misoprostol reduces stomach acid and replaces protective substances in the stomach that are reduced by NSAIDs.
Side effects of Arthrotec
Side effects of Arthrotec are the followings:
- mild stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, bloating, gas;
- dizziness, drowsiness, headache;
- blurred vision, ringing in your ears;
- unusual vaginal bleeding.
But if you have any of these serious symptoms it is strongly recommended to visit your doctor immediately:
- chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
- black, bloody or tarry stools;
- coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- swelling or rapid weight gain;
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure);
- nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice;
- pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
- bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
- neck stiffness, chills, increased sensitivity to light, purple spots on the skin or seizure (convulsions);
- severe skin reaction - fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.
Arthrotec is prescribed for treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in people who are at high risk for developing stomach or intestinal ulcers.
Before taking Arthrotec you should inform your doctor if you have:
- a history of heart attack, stroke or blood clot;
- heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure;
- a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding;
- liver or kidney disease;
- polyps in your nose;
- a bleeding or blood clotting disorder.
Besides, tell your doctor if you smoke or drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day.
The recommended dose is 50/200 3 times a day. If you have some side effects you may use 50/200 or 75/200 twice a day.