Is there a big difference between them??
24 Aug 2010
Both ibuprofen and diclofenac are in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They work by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Both Diclofenac and ibuprofen are available in various strengths.
In the USA only the lower strength tablet Ibuprofen 200mg is available OTC, the 400mg and 600mg tablets are prescription medicines.
Diclofenac is only available by prescription in the USA but in some countries a lower dose 25mg tablet is available OTC. A 25mg diclofenac tablet use to be available OTC in the USA but was withdrawn because of safety and efficacy reasons.
Ibuprofen is not as potent as diclofenac and is a safer choice for the general public, hence the decision to restrict the availability of diclofenac. If it is ineffective then you should see your doctor for something stronger.
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