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Arthrotec is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis in people who are at risk of developing ulcers from NSAIDs. Arthrotec may be also referred to by its drug name, diclofenac sodium and misoprostol.

Arthrotec is a combination nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and prostaglandin. Arthrotec is believed to work by reducing pain and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis while protecting the stomach from the NSAID.

How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Arthrotec is taken by mouth two to four times per day.

Arthrotec comes in the form of an oral tablet.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Arthrotec lists common side effects including abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, bloating, gas, dizziness, and headache.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Arthrotec include liver disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, swelling, kidney disease, severe allergic reactions, severe skin rash, anemia, and fetal harm in pregnant women.

For more details about this treatment, visit:

Arthrotec — Pfizer

Arthrotec — RxList

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