Diflunisal is used to treat pain and inflammation. It is used to provide relief in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (joint pain and swelling disorder).
This medicine may also be used to relieve pain associated with after child birth, surgery, muscle and join sprains of strains, and cancer.
Diflunisal may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
Take Diflunisal exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine may be taken with food or milk. Diflunisal should be swallowed whole and should not be crushed or chewed.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Do not take Diflunisal if you have a history of allergic reactions (swollen eyes or mouth, difficulty breathing, rashes) to aspirin and other medicines for pain and inflammation.
This medicine should not be used to treat pain before and after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (procedure to improve and restore the blood flow in the heart).
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- heart disease e.g.heart attack, stroke
- high blood pressure
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- stomach ulcer
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Diflunisal.
Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. He may also need to do routine blood tests while you are being treated with this medicine.
Diflunisal may also cause dizziness,somnolence (suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television) and blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be physically and mentally alert.
Other side effects include any of the following: headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea ,stomach pain, indigestion, stomach wind, difficulty sleeping, rash and ringing in the ears.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- pass out blood or black, tarry stools or vomit coffee-ground-like vomitus
- swelling of the feet and legs, irregular heartbeats, chest pain
- painful or difficult urination
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- fever with persistent sore throat or mouth ulcers, unusual bleeding or bruising
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:;
- medicines for blood thinning e.g. aspirin, warfarin
- other medicines for pain and inflammation e.g. indomethacin, naproxen, paracetamol, sulindac
- medicines for water retention (water pills) e.g. hydrochlorothiazide
- medicines for mood disorders e.g. lithium
- medicines for high blood pressure e.g. captopril, losartan
- other medicines such as ciclosporin, methotrexate, probenecid
Diflunisal should not be taken with antacids as antacids could reduce the effectiveness of this medicine. If you must take antacid, there should be at least 2 hours interval between the antacid and Diflunisal.
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Diflunisal.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.