What is Aceclofenac?

Aceclofenac belongs to a category of drugs called NSAID or Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs. It is related to diclofenac and manages pain and inflammation. Your doctor will likely prescribe Aceclofenac to you if you complain of chronic bone and joint pains, and particularly for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis.

The drug blocks an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX). This enzyme produces chemical prostaglandins at an injury site and causes inflammation, swelling, and pain.

What are the uses of Aceclofenac?

Aceclofenac is primarily used for pain management in chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: It relieves swelling and stiffness of joints and overall pain due to the condition.
  • Osteoarthritis: It helps alleviate painful, tender joints and manages pain.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis: It helps manage the stiffness and pain in this kind of spondylitis.

What are the side effects of Aceclofenac?

Some common side effects after consuming Aceclofenac are ?

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence
  • Dyspepsia or abdominal pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Dizziness
  • Visual disturbance
  • Appetite loss
  • Heartburn.

Avoid consuming on an empty stomach or only follow the dosage per your prescription. If you face any of these (or other) side effects, immediately stop taking the medicine and consult with your doctor.

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1. Is Aceclofenac safe during pregnancy?

No, pregnant or lactating mothers should not consume the drug unless prescribed by a physician (in dire situations where the benefits outweigh the risks). Aceclofenac can have adverse effects on fetal development and induce premature births. Since pregnancy already puts a woman's body in a high-stress condition, unsupervised or casual consumption can cause severe side effects.

2. Is Aceclofenac safe for kidneys?

Like all other analgesics, using Aceclofenac for long periods and in high dosage can tax your kidneys. Renal issues like blood or protein in the urine, pain while urinating, etc. are associated with Aceclofenac's kidney-related side effects. Chances of developing renal issues are higher if you consume too much Aceclofenac, especially if you:

  • Have high BP,
  • Take diuretics every day,
  • Have already impaired kidneys

3. How does Aceclofenac work?

The drug blocks the enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX). This enzyme produces chemical prostaglandins at an injury site that causes pain, swelling, and inflammation, commonly associated with bone injuries. By blocking the enzyme's activity, Aceclofenac relieves symptomatic pain and discomfort in such conditions.

4. How safe is Aceclofenac?

As long as you stick to your doctor's prescribed dosage and duration, Aceclofenac is relatively safe for consumption. Unless you are allergic to the drug or fall under the cautionary category, you should not face any issues with the drug. Inform your doctor about if you develop or already have faced any such conditions.

5. Who should not take Aceclofenac?

If you fall under any of the following categories, please inform your doctor beforehand. Aceclofenac can cause severe complications for such patients. You should not take Aceclofenac if:

  • You are allergic to NSAIDs or Aceclofenac.
  • You have asthma.
  • You have a bleeding disorder.
  • You are pregnant or lactating.

6. Is Aceclofenac good for back pain?

Yes, Aceclofenac is an effective pain and inflammation management drug from the NSAID category of analgesics. If you suffer from chronic ailments like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, etc., it is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs. It is also effective in alleviating sport injury symptoms, gout, or other pain and inflammation issues.

7. Is Aceclofenac a painkiller?

Yes, Aceclofenac is a safe painkiller if consumed per your doctor's prescribed dosage and duration. It is commonly used to treat pain and inflammation associated with chronic bone and joint ailments. It belongs to a class of drugs called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs).

8. Does Aceclofenac make you sleepy?

You may experience drowsiness or sleepiness after taking Aceclofenac. But these are very rare side effects that do not affect many people. In this regard, you should avoid consuming alcohol if you take this medicine to prevent any further complications. Inform your doctor if the drowsiness hampers your daily routine.

9. Is Aceclofenac banned?

Aceclofenac is not banned for use by itself. However, as per a gazetted notice by the Health Ministry, some fixed-dose combinations of Aceclofenac with other common over-the-counter drugs are restricted for use in India, such as:

  • Aceclofenac Paracetamol Rabeprazole
  • Aceclofenac Zinc Carnosine
  • Aceclofenac Paracetamol Famotidine

10. Is Aceclofenac a steroid?

No, Aceclofenac is not a steroid. It is closely related to diclofenac, another pain-relieving medicine used for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and spondylitis. There is no steroid-like compound present in Aceclofenac, and it works as an excellent alternative for steroid-based pain medicines. Your life is precious. Chronic pain should not be the reason to mar your happiness. Consult our expert physicians at Yashoda Hospitals to start your journey towards a healthy, pain-free life today!


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