Arthrotec is a prescription drug that relieves pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It contains an NSAID called diclofenac, and misoprostol to protect the gastrointestinal tract by reducing stomach acid.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Arthrotec exactly as prescribed.
Do not use Arthrotec if you are pregnant or may become pregnant.
One of the active ingredients in Arthrotec (diclofenac) can increase you risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if used long term.
Arthrotec can cause bleeding in the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. Don’t use if you have active bleeding, and monitor closely for symptoms of GI bleeding.
Before taking Arthrotec, inform your doctor if you have any of the following:
Common side effects of Arthrotec include:
Contact your doctor if you experience these more serious side effects:
What should I avoid while taking Arthrotec?
Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of bleeding while on Arthrotec. Do not take any other NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, Celebrex, naproxen), and only use antacids that have been recommended by your doctor. Arthrotec can make you sunburn more easily, so avoid tanning beds and sun exposure without proper protection.