Deriving its name from dichloranilino-phenylacetic acid, Ecofenac is a drug that is mainly used to treat inflammation. It also acts as a painkiller for minor injuries and arthritis. A Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID), it is available through the following names: Dedolor, Dicloflex, Diclon, Voltarol and others.
Ecofenac is useful for patients who are looking for immediate relief from gout attacks, migraine, menstrual pain, kidney gallstones, post-traumatic or post-operative pain, and muscoskeletal pain like arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and others).
This drug is marketed under a variety of names. Its topical patch counterpart is bought as Flector patch, and it is used to lessen minor pain resulting from contusions, strains and sprains.
Stomach acids treatment from Ecofenac are available at 25 and 50 mg, along with 50 mg oral formulations. More controlled variants are the 75 mg, 100 mg and 150 mg. Injectables from Ecofenac are set at 50 and 75 mgs. It also has 50 and 100 mg suppositories.
Ecofenac brings out side effects that range from mild to severe. The mild ones cover diarrhea, constipation, mild heartburn, blurred vision, hives, swelling of the face, lips and throat, a feeling of being bloated and irregular menstrual cycles.
The severe types of side effects are as follows:
Cardiac (heart) - Like other NSAIDs, Ecofenac has been proven to increase heart diseases, along with myocardial infarction. The people who develop this side effect number in the rare, though.
Hepatic (liver) - Long-time use of this drug may promote the development of liver damage, rare hepatitis and symptomatic liver diseases (especially to people who have osteoarthritis). But, typically, the damage is not really that fatal, and can still be reversed with the right kind of medical attention and care.
A patient who is on Ecofenac should be careful not to take OTC colds and allergy medications, especially those which may contain similar chemicals like Ecofenac. Alcohol must be avoided, too, because drinking while under Ecofenac medication may lead to stomach bleeding.
Ecofenac should not be taken by patients who have the following medical conditions. This drug has been proven to have contraindications with these disorders:
- Hypersensitivity or an allergic reaction to NSAIDs or Ecofenac
- Pregnant, especially during the third term
- Has an existing stomach ulcer, or intestinal bleeding
- Has recently undergone heart surgery, or has a weak heart, weak liver or weak kidneys
Particular caution has to be made when administering Ecofenac to patients who have active and serious bleeding, like in the case of dengue fever or cerebral hemorrhage. NSAIDs should not be ingested without a doctor’s prescription.
- Ecofenac has a molecular weight of 296.148 g/mol
- It is available in 50 mg tablets
- Chemical IUPAC name of 2-[2-(2,6-dichlorophenyl)aminophenyl]ethanoic acid
- Its molecular formula is C14H11CI2NO2
Generic name: Diclofenac
Brand names: Combaren, Cataflam, Emulgel, Klipal, Voltaren, Voltaren-XR, Voltaren Plus, Voltarol, Zipcor
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