Diclofenac is an anti-inflammatory drug that has recently been reported to increase the risk of heart attack. It is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Researchers who reviewed 23 studies involving more than one million people found a 40% increased risk of cardiovascular events, mostly acute heart attacks, in people taking diclofenac. Diclofenac is also sold under the names Cataflam, Voltaren, Clonac, Dichlohexal and Fenac. Diclofenac is currently sold in 62 countries. Researchers from Australia's University of Newcastle found the risk of heart attack and stroke was higher even at common doses of diclofenac. The risk was greatest among those who had heart disease risk factors such as diabetes, smoking or high blood pressure.

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Posted by
elisabeth spivey
My mother has developed Respitory failure after taking the pill diclofenac for several years. She hospitalised for pneumonia associated with her depressed Respitory condition from this pill. She has been diagnosed with copd also since on this pill. Long term continues oxygen has been prescribed to mother. Never before has she been hospitalized or been on oxygen. She has developed multiple blood clots in her lungs also resulting in being put on blood thinner which interfears whith any kind of pain management for the original condition of RA OA. Leaving my mother in chronic pain and shortness of breath.

Posted by
Indi Lane
My moma died a few months back while using this cream! I live in a small town and begged the llcoroner for a autopsy. They refused me. She was on only 55. I found her dead early one morning while my 8 yr old son lay next to her. I've tried researching why she died all alone but couldnt figure out.

Yesterday my aunt (momas sister) called me saying her ankles and feet were sore. I remembered this cream moma had. I told her moma used it twice daily for last couple weeks before age died for her arthritis. She called me tonight in a panic. She couldn't breath. She was having heart palpitations and sick to her stomach. I told her to TeXt out the word so I can read side effects.
OMG! OMG! MOMA WAS TKN half the meds it warns against. Experience every single symptom days leading up to death, her stomach was so swollen when I found. It blowed up immediately at death. I checked on her 3 hours before I found her dead. She didn't move a inch or attempt to get help. It happened that fast. She didn't even soil herself.
It just so happens that the ankle she was applying this medicine to is connected to the leg that swellled up so badly she was unable to walk for days. Then placed on prednisone to fight the swelling. My moma suffered from angina, uncontrolavle high blood pressure, previous mini strokes, high cholesterol, stomach ulcers, and much more.
I remwmber her saying she felt her Dr didn't seem to care about the swelling in her leg. Let me emphasize how bad the swelling was here - I was expecting her leg to split open to relieve pressure it self.
I know now without a doubt that everything I read tonight, this killed my moma. I'm going to take action if anyone will listen to me!!!!!!

Oh one more thing, 2 weeks after she died my aunt was rushed to the hospital for a different reason and guess who was working this small town ER? Momas DR. My aunt motioned my mothers name and she recently passed away. He stood up stated he didn't know my mother and walked out of the room. My mothers name was India, Not a common name to easily forget!!!!!!!

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Posted by
Gary Chance
I suffered a heart attack while taking Diclofenac.

Posted by
susan nicholson
I was prescribed diclofenac for pain relief. several days after takin it I suffered a major stroke. I could no longer work, lost my insurance because I had no income, it has caused my family and I a lot of problems.

Posted by
South Carolina
On April25th 2011 I suffered a brain hemorrhage which caused a stroke with left side paralysis and I am no longer able to work.

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