Arthrotec or generic Diclofenac/Misoprostol is a combination drug prescribed to treat osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and other chronic inflammatory conditions. Diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID) and Misoprostol, a man-made prostaglandin, work together to help reduce the swelling, inflammation and pain that can interfere with your everyday tasks. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Diclofenac works by blocking the action of 2 cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes in order to reduce the production of prostaglandins. COX-1 produces prostaglandins that are responsible in part for maintaining the lining of your stomach which helps prevents damage from stomach acid. COX-2 is signaled to produce prostaglandins as an immune response to a threat to your body. By suppressing the COX enzymes, Diclofenac reduces inflammation but can also affect the protection of your stomach lining and allow ulcers to form.
This is where Misoprostol comes in. By stimulating the secretion of mucus in your gastrointestinal tract, Arthrotec is able to decrease the risk of damage to your stomach lining and help to prevent ulcers. Together, joint and tissue swelling, inflammation, and pain is reduced so you can continue with your day. Arthrotec is not a cure for arthritis but an effective treatment for the symptoms.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful autoimmune disease that can progress quickly. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential in order to experience a better quality of life while dealing with RA. Nobody is certain what triggers your immune system to start attacking your own joints and tissues, but when it goes haywire, white blood cells head to the joint lining and secrete inflammatory substances. These secretions can also damage the cartilage and bone joint. Taking Arthrotec can suppress the damaging process and slow the progression of RA.
Ask your doctor if there are any risks with taking Arthrotec if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Provide information about other medical conditions or allergies to your doctor and list any OTC and Rx drugs you currently take or use, including alternative medications and naturopathic therapies. This helps your doctor to determine if Arthrotec is the right medication for your lifestyle.
Until you know how Arthrotec will affect you, avoid performing any tasks that may be considered unsafe, including operating a vehicle or machinery. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medications without talking to your doctor first. If you are scheduled for any dental or surgical procedures, inform the medical staff you are taking Arthrotec as you may have to stop taking it for a period of time pre or post-operatively.