The Ministry of Health has warned Kenyans against the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) especially Diclofenac in the management of pain.
According to the pharmacy and poisons board, prolonged use of NSAIDs increases the risk of blood clots in the arteries and could cause heart attacks or stroke.
Diclofenac is used to relieve pain and inflammation, especially in painful conditions such as arthritis has greater benefits than risks that need to be observed at all times.
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The risks include heart attack or stroke if used in high doses over a long period of time, it is no longer recommended for patients with a history of heart attack or stroke and heart failure, if you smoke or have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes then your doctor will need to access your condition first and when one is planning to use if for a long period of time then doctors advise will go a long way.
Kenyans have been warned by the board against self-medicating especially with drugs such as Diclofenac and the use of the drug should be followed by a prescription from a healthcare provider.