Diclofenac Sodium

DICLOFENAC is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The eye drops are used in the eye to treat swelling after eye surgery. They also help treat pain and sensitivity to light after the surgery. Compare NSAIDs.

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Is Ibuprofen Bad for My Heart? What You Need to Know About NSAIDs

Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 16, 2015

Update July 2015: The FDA is strengthening the existing black box warning on all prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDs. The current warning has been in place since 2005, but based on a recent review, the labeling will be updated with new information and stronger language. You should know that there is greater risk at higher doses, and there may be an increased risk of heart attack or stroke as early as the first weeks of use. See More

Do Topical Medications Voltaren, Pennsaid, and Flector Work for Pain?

Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 30, 2015

Joint pain from arthritis, an injury, or overuse often requires the use of anti-inflammatory medications. Many people hate taking pills by mouth because they can be hard on the stomach and kidneys. But do the topical options work? What are your options and which is the best?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) topical options:

In the United States, three topical NSAID products are approved to treat pain including Voltaren Gel (diclofenac sodium 1%), Pennsaid topical solution (diclofenac sodium 1. See More

Why Are My Eye Drops So Expensive?

Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 25, 2014

The most frequently performed eye surgery in the United States is cataract surgery. After your cataract procedure your doctor will prescribe you several eye drops with the goal of suppressing inflammation and improving pain. Well, those drops may also cost you an arm and a leg. Here is what you need to know.

You may be given at least three different eye drops after cataract surgery, all at a hefty price. See More

Dropped by Insurance: Will Your Pain Prescriptions Be Covered in 2014?

The GoodRx Pharmacist - November 20, 2013

Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year.

We’re reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture of your options. Listed below are some changes to the pain med coverage from each formulary that might affect you:


Removed medication: Flector patches   ||   Suggested Alternative: diclofenac, meloxicam, or naproxen

The convenient Flector patch will be an excluded medication as of 2014. See More

Prolensa Eye Drops Are Now Available

Elizabeth Davis - June 05, 2013

After receiving FDA approval in April, Prolensa is now available for the treatment of inflammation and pain following cataract surgery.

There are already several non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) eye drops out there for use after cataract surgery, including generics diclofenac sodium (Voltaren) and bromfenac, and brand name Bromday. Bromfenac and Bromday have the same active ingredient as Prolensa, but are slightly stronger (0. See More

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