Flector patch contains 180 mg of diclofenac epolamine (Flector Patch Generic) in an aqueous base. It is used for external local application at any part of body except eyes and genitals. Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). Flector patch may induce allergic reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Gastric ulcer may be seen in few cases after long term use. Patient with history of cardiac disease such as thrombo-embolic disease and myocardial infarction should avoid using patch. History of stroke and stomach bleeding contraindicates use of Flector patch.
Diclofenac epolamine is found in blood at non-toxic amount and metabolized by liver. Metabolites are excreted in urine.
Flector patch delivers diclofenac epolamine, an anti-inflammatory through the skin and subcutaneous tissue to painful inflamed area of the body. Diclofenac epolamine inhibits prostaglandin and reduces pain. It works for nociceptive pain but not for neuropathic pain. Extremity pain secondary to sprain, twist or ligament tear of ankle, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, foot, hand pain and chest wall pain responds to Flector patch. Any other use may give placebo effect unless pain is caused by nociceptive patho-physiology. It is a safe drug but anyone can exibit acute and sudden allergic reaction, which needs to be treated as soon as possible. Drug interaction, liver and kidney disease will effect elimination and promote side effects. Physician prescribes Flector patch only after careful history and examination.
Flector Patch Side Effects:
Report side effects to Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Contact information: www.fda.gov/safety/MedWatcher or call 1-800-332-1088 (USA), 1-866-234-2345 (Canada).
- Inform your doctor immediately.
- Go to nearest ER immediately if you cannot get hold of your doctor.
- See list of side effects under description of each medications.
- If side effects remain consistent until next dose or intolerable contact your physician or go to ER.
- Signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Read direction carefully
- If you do not understand any part of instruction discuss with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Follow the instructions carefully. Take the pills or liquid as prescribed. Do not increase or decrease frequency or quantity on your own judgment; you will be exposed to side effects or withdrawal symptoms.
Flector Patch Overdose
- Call 911, immediate resuscitation is most important initial step in treating life-threatening symptoms.
- Call poison center 1-800 222 1222. Call after initial treatment is resume.
Do not share medications with your friend or relatives. Each individual has different history of allergies, drug interaction, drug shopping, addiction and other general health concern. Physician must prescribe medications after detail history and examination. Small error may be life threatening.