Diclofenac on the Verge of Reclassification


The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are considering proposals to reclassify diclofenac from over-the-counter (OTC) status to prescription-only, due to a rise in reports of cardiovascular events at high doses.

Diclofenac is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) that has a brilliant known effectiveness. However, it is very potent and there have been calls for years for this drug to not be available as OTC. People are being advised to not take diclofenac for minor problems such as colds, flu and fever and to instead take other medication such as paracetamol. As always, you should not take NSAID medication with other NSAIDs.

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