Diclofenac is a drug used frequently for managing pain. It is a NSAID (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) similar to Ibuprofen and Naproxen used to treat pain and inflammation such as in Arthritis or Anykylosing spondylitis.
An article published in the Daily Mail yesterday highlights the risks of Diclofenac- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2277821/Diclofenac-GPs-ignore-heart-risk-drug-used-millions.html
Whilst it may be possible that Diclofenac may increase the risk of Heart Attacks or Strokes it is worth noting that this is most likely to happen in the elderly populations, those predisposed to heart attacks or strokes or those who have been taking the drug for a long period of time.
One thing that is worth mentioning here is that as with ALL medications you should take the time to read the information that comes in the box. There is all the information regarding Cautions, Contra-Indications, possible Side Effects and Drug Interactions. Whilst we do expect that our GP’s tell us all this information it is equally our responsibility to find out for ourselves.
For more information about Diclofenac or any other medication, please check Drugs.com