Ecofenac review

Ecofenac is a well-known Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) that is taken to reduce inflammation and as a painkiller for certain conditions like arthritis or acute injuries. Ecofenac is marketed with names as Flector patch, Voltarol, Diclon, Dicloflex, Dedolor, and among others. Ecofenac derives its names from its chemical composition dichloranilino-phenylacetic acid.

Patients seeking relief from musculoskeletal pain such as arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis and others), gout attacks, pain relief from kidney and gallstones may take Ecofenac. Migraine may also be treated using Ecofenac. Generally, patients treating mild to moderate post-traumatic or post-operative pain may use Ecofenac. It has also been found to be effective against menstrual pain.

Ecofenac is available in various brands and varying dosages. A topical patch variant of Ecofenac is known as Flector patch, which is used to treat acute pain due to sprains, contusions and strains.

Ecofenac dosages in 25 and 50mg is available as resistant to stomach acids, as are easily disintegrating oral formulations of 50 mg. The slower and more controlled-release forms vary from 75, 100 and 150 mg. Ecofenac suppositories are also available at 50 and 100 mg, and injectable Ecofenac dosage is at 50 and 75 mg.

The range of side effects usage of Ecofenac brings varies from minimal to major side effects. Minor side effects may include a feeling of being bloated, mild heartburn and stomach pain, diarrhea or constipation, ringing in the ears, slurred vision, and some allergic reaction such as hives, swelling up of the face, lips and throat. Ecofenac is also found out to disrupt the normal cycle of menstruation.

More serious side effects experienced by the user may be seen through the following:

Cardiac (heart) – Although this is considered a serious side effect, the numbers are rare. It has been reported that like other NSAIDs, Ecofenac increases the risk of heart diseases. It has also been found out to increase the risk of myocardial infarction.

Hepatic (liver) – It has been found out that the use of Ecofenac over a long period may cause liver damage. Although infrequent, the damage may still be reversed through proper monitoring and care. In rare cases hepatitis may occur, which can be benign to fatal. Symptomatic liver diseases occur more frequently to patients with osteoarthritis.

When taking Ecofenac, the user should avoid taking over-the-counter cold or allergy medicines and pain relievers that may contain similar medicines like Ecofenac. Taking too much of this is potentially dangerous to the body. Alcohol should be avoided when taking Ecofenac as it increases the risk of stomach bleeding.

Ecofenac has been found out to have several contraindications that should be strictly adhered to. Caution should be exercised prior to the intake of Ecofenac when a patient has:
 A known hypersensitivity, or allergic reaction to NSAIDs or Ecofenac;
 Is pregnant, specifically in the third term;
 Has active stomach ulcer, or intestinal bleeding;
 A weak heart, or recently recovered from heart surgery, weak liver and kidney

The administration of Ecofenac should be given caution when the patient has severe and active bleeding such as the case of cerebral hemorrhage. In general, NSAIDs are avoided when a patient has dengue fever.

Ecofenac has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of ecofenac

• Molecular formula of ecofenac is C14H11Cl2NO2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-[2-(2,6-dichlorophenyl)aminophenyl]ethanoic acid
• Molecular weight is 296.148 g/mol
Ecofenac available : 50mg tablets

Generic name: Diclofenac

Brand name(s): Allvoran, Assaren, Benfofen, Cataflam, Combaren, Delphimix, Dichlofenac, Dichronic, Diclobenin, Diclord, Dicloreum, Dolobasan, Duravolten, Effekton, Emulgel, Klipal, Kriplex, Neriodin, Novapirina, Novo-Difenac, Pennsaid, Primofenac, Prophenatin, Rhumalgan, Solaraze, Tsudohmin, Valetan, Voldal, Voltaren, Voltaren Plus, Voltarol, Xenid

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