Diclofenac tablets reclassified as POM
16th February 2015
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Do you use Diclofenac tablets to treat pain and inflammation? Read on for more information as this may affect you.

On 15 January, the MHRA reclassified diclofenac tablets so now they will only be available as a prescription only medicine (POM).

The reason for this is that some patients using the drug have received a “Small but increased risk of serious cardiac side effects” especially if they have been taking them for a long term period.

This now means that all products that contain diclofenac in tablet form will not be available in pharmacies over the counter. You will only be supplied with them if you have a genuine prescription.

The change is only for diclofenac in tablet form, it doesn’t affect gels or tablets which contain diclofenac or NSAIDs.

If you would like to find out any more information on the reclassification, speak to Sykes Chemist. Pop in to your local branch.

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