The information below should not be taken as a substitute for qualified medical advice. Consult your health care provider before taking Arthrotec.
Arthrotec combines two medications to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis who are susceptible to ulcers. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) component assists with joint pain and swelling, while a synthetic prostaglandin reduces stomach acid and protects the stomach lining from irritation by the NSAID.
Arthrotec must not be taken by pregnant women or women who become pregnant. It can harm or kill a fetus, and may cause a miscarriage with dangerous levels of bleeding. Women of childbearing age must use reliable contraception and be tested for pregnancy less than two weeks before taking Arthrotec. Inform your doctor immediately if you become pregnant. Nursing mothers should also avoid taking Arthrotec.
This medication may cause ulceration or serious bleeding in the stomach or intestines, even in those without a prior history of ulcers. Seek immediate medical care if you experience bloody stool or vomit, black stools, vomit containing what looks like coffee grounds, or persistent stomach or abdominal pain.
Arthrotec may also cause blood clots, which could result in heart attack or stroke. Seek emergency treatment if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, slurred speech, weakness on one side of your body or sudden changes in vision.
Do not take Arthrotec immediately before or after coronary bypass surgery. Do not take it if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Stop taking it and call your doctor if you have an allergic reaction such as rash, difficulty breathing, and swelling of face, tongue or throat.
Patients over the age of 65 are often susceptible to side effects of Arthrotec. They may benefit from a low dose and careful monitoring. Anyone sensitive to other NSAID medications may also show sensitivity to Arthrotec.
Discuss your complete medical history with your doctor, including any history of heart disease or stroke, liver or kidney disease, ulcers, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, porphyria, and other stomach, intestinal or esophageal problems.
Arthrotec may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Take care operating machinery until you know how it will affect you. Do not drink alcohol while taking Arthrotec, and avoid lengthy exposure to the sun.
||Tablet taken orally
||50 mg and 75 mg tablets
||Store at room temperature below 77 F. Protect from heat, light and humidity.
||Pregnant women. Patients with significant hepatic impairment or liver disease; severely impaired or declining renal function; active peptic ulcer or history of ulceration; active gastrointestinal inflammatory disease; hypersensitivity to diclofenac or misoprostol, or to other tablet ingredients.