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Package leaflet: Information for the patient

Econac® XL 100mg Tablets
(Diclofenac Sodium)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking
this medicine because it contains important information
for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor ,
pharmacist or nurse.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not
pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs
of illness are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist
or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. (See section 4).
The name of your medicine is Econac XL 100mg Tablets.
It will be referred to as Econac Tablets for ease here after.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Econac Tablet is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Econac Tablets
3. How to take Econac Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Econac Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Econac Tablets contain diclofenac and belong to a group of
medicines called non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs). These medicines reduce pain and inflammation, and
bring down a high temperature. Econac Tablets are used to
treat a number of painful conditions affecting the joints such as
arthritis and muscles sprains, fractures, dislocation, back pain,
dental and other minor surgeries. Econac Tablets are specially
formulated to release diclofenac slowly, over several hours.
Do not take Econac Tablets:
• If you know that you are allergic to Diclofenac Sodium or
any of the other ingredients in these tablets (listed in
section 6)
• If you have or previously have had a peptic ulcer bleeding
or perforation in your stomach, or intestines
• If you have established heart disease and/or
cerebrovascular disease e.g. if you have had a heart
attack, stroke, ministroke (TIA) or blockages to blood
vessels to the heart or brain or an operation to clear or
bypass blockages
• If you show any signs of allergy (such as asthma, hay fever
or skin rash) to aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs
• If you have severe heart, kidney or liver failure or
cerebrovascular bleeding (bleeding in your brain)
• If you have or have had problems with your blood
circulation (peripheral arterial disease)
• If you have had stomach or bowel problems after taking
other NSAIDs
• If you are in your last three months of pregnancy.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if any of the
conditions above apply to you.
Econac Tablets are not recommended for children.
Warnings and precautions:
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking
Econac tablets
• If you have had an ulcer or some other problem affecting
your stomach or intestines (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s
• If you have asthma or wheezing attacks (or if you have had
asthma in the past)
• If you have any heart, liver or kidney problems
• If you are elderly
• If you have low body weight
• If you have mixed connective tissue disorders and
systemic lupus erythematosus -SLE (which results in joint
pain, skin change and disorders of other organs)
• If you have a condition called porphyria
• If you have recently undergone major surgery

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• If you are particularly prone to infections (diclofenac may
suppress the signs and symptoms of an infection)
• If you have experienced stomach discomfort, had
heartburn or felt nauseous after taking aspirin or any other
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
• If you have a bleeding/blood disorder
• If you smoke
• If you have diabetes
• If you have angina, blood clots, high blood pressure,
raised cholesterol or raised triglycerides
• If you had a previous episode of vomiting blood or blood
in stools
• If you experience skin rash, itching, painful red areas,
peeling or blistering of the skin or any other allergic
reaction within the first few days of treatment with
• If you are planning to be pregnant or planning on
becoming pregnant.
Side effects may be minimised by using the lowest effective
dose for the shortest duration necessary.
If you are having a medical examination, tell the doctor that
you are taking Econac Tablets as they reduce the signs of
infection, fever and inflammation which would otherwise be
Medicines such as Econac Tablets may be associated with a
small increased risk of heart attack (“myocardial infarction”)
or stroke. Any risk is more likely with higher doses and
prolonged treatment. Do not exceed the recommended dose
or duration of treatment.
If you have heart problems or suffered from a previous stroke
or think that you may be at risk of these conditions (for
example, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high
cholesterol or are a smoker) you should discuss your
treatment with your doctor or pharmacist.
Long term use with diclofenac is not recommended, however
it is advised to undergo routine blood tests if diclofenac is
indicated for long term treatment.
Other medicines and Econac Tablets
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have
recently taken or might take any other medicines:
Econac Tablets may affect or be affected by the
following medicines
• Anticoagulant tablets (to prevent blood clots, e.g. warfarin)
• Medicines for the treatment of high blood pressure
(diuretics, beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors)
• Diuretics (to make you pass more water e.g.
spironolactone, amiloride and triamterene)
• Lithium (for depression)
• Medicines for the treatment of heart conditions (e.g. digoxin)
• A corticosteroid (e.g. for asthma and various inflammatory
• Antibiotics such as quinolone (for an infection e.g.
quinolones like ciprofloxacin, nalidixic acid, norfloxacin)
• Any other NSAID (for painful or inflammatory conditions
e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen etc)
• Mifepristone (used as an emergency contraceptive, or to
induce abortion or labour)
• Ciclosporin or Tacrolimus (used to suppress the body’s
immune system, e.g. following transplants or in diseases
such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis)
• Zidovudine (an anti-viral drug)
• Medicines of the class SSRIs (Selective Serotonin
Reuptake Inhibitors) to treat depression such as fluoxetine
or sertaline (for depression)
• Medicines used to treat diabetes
• Phenytoin (medicines to treat epilepsy)
• Colestipol and cholestyramine (medicines to lower
cholesterol level)
• CYP2C9 inhibitors:e.g Sulfinapyrazone and voriconazole
• Methotrexate (used to treat cancer)
• Anti-platelet drugs which affect the clotting of blood which
may increase the risk of bleeding.
Pregnancy, breast feeding and fertility:
Do not take Econac Tablets if you are pregnant (or think you
may be), or breast feeding unless your doctor has decided

that it is in your best interests. If used, the lowest effective
dose should be used. You should NOT take these tablets
during the last three months of pregnancy as they may affect
the baby’s circulation.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any
Diclofenac is known to pass into milk into small amounts and
hence should be avoided by nursing mothers.
Econac Tablets may make it more difficult to become
pregnant. You should inform your doctor if you are planning
to become pregnant or if you have problems becoming
Driving and using machines:
If you feel dizzy, sleepy or experience visual disturbances
when you start to use Econac Tablets, do not drive or use
machines until the effect has worn off.
Econac Tablets contains lactose monohydrate:
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an
intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before
taking this medicine.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist
has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are
not sure.
Econac Tablets should be taken with or after food. The tablets
should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
The recommended dose is:
Adults: The usual dose is one tablet each day with a
maximum daily dose of 150 mg. As a general principle, the
smallest effective dose should be used.
Elderly patients: If you are elderly, your doctor may want to
reduce the usual adult dose and check that the medicine is
suiting you, especially during the first four weeks of
treatment. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions
carefully and to keep your appointments.
Children: Econac Tablets are not recommended for use in
If you take more Econac Tablets than you should
If you (or someone else) take too many of these tablets,
contact your doctor, or hospital immediately for advice. Bring
the pack with any remaining tablets with you.
If you forget to take Econac Tablets
If you miss a dose, leave it out and take the next dose
whenever it is due. After that, just carry on as before. Do not
take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of these tablets,
ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Some side effects can be serious.
Stop taking Econac Tablets and tell your doctor straight
away if you notice any of the side effects:
• Stomach pain, indigestion, heartburn, wind, nausea
(feeling sick) or vomiting (being sick)
• Any sign of bleeding in the stomach or intestine, for
example, when emptying your bowels, blood in vomit or
black, tarry faeces
• Allergic reactions which can include skin rash, itching, or
hives on the skin, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other
parts of the body, shortness of breath, wheezing or trouble
• Painful red areas, peeling or blistering
• Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
• Persistent sore throat or high temperature
• An unexpected change in the amount of urine produced
and/or its appearance
If you notice that you are bruising more easily than usual or
have frequent sore throats or infections, tell your doctor.
Other side effects
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
• headache, dizziness, spinning of head, feeling sick
(nausea), being sick (vomiting), diarrhea, indigestion, pain
in your stomach, wind, loss of appetite, raised liver
enzymes and rash.
Rare (may affect upto 1 in 1000 people):
• allergic reactions, skin rashes, sleeplessness, asthma,
difficulty in breathing, Gastritis, indigestion, stomach ache,
inflammation of liver (hepatitis), jaundice and liver disorder
general swelling of the body.

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Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000
• reduction in the number of blood platelets
(increase chance of bleeding or bruising)
• deficiency of red cells or of haemoglobin in
the blood
• deficiency of granulocytes in the blood,
causing increased chances of infection
• fluid retention in body and face characterised
by swelling of the skin
• disorientation, depression, sleeplessness, nightmare,
irritability, psychotic disorder, nervousness, abnormal
sensation typically tingling or pricking, memory impairment,
convulsions (sudden, violent movements of the body),
dysfunction of the sense of taste, hallucinations (seeing or
hearing things that are not really there), sensory
• visual disturbance, blurred vision, double vision
• ringing in the ears, impaired hearing
• palpitations (awareness of your heartbeat), chest pain, heart
failure, heart attack, abnormally low blood pressure
(hypotension), abnormally high blood pressure
(hypertension), inflammation of blood vessels, colitis
(inflammation of the lining of the colon), constipation,
mouth ulcers, inflammation of intestines (Crohn’s disease),
inflammation of pancreas, hepatitis and liver failure
• inflammation of skin with blisters containing fluid, flu-like
symptoms with painful red or purplish rashes and blisters
on skin (Stevens-Johnson syndrome), increase in reactivity
of the skin to sunlight, itching and bleeding of skin,
baldness, inflammation of small blood vessels (HenochSchonlein purpura
• kidney failure and presence of blood in urine.
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the
available data):
Confusional state, Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things
that are not really there), sensory disturbances, Inflammation
of the nerves in the eye, feeling of discomfort and erectile
Medicines such as Econac may be associated with a small
increased risk of heart attack (“myocardial infarction”) or
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or
nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information
on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do
not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on
the Carton after ‘Exp.’ The Expiry date refers to last day of
that month. Do not store above 25°C. Keep in original
container/package in order to protect from light.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away
medicines you no longer use. These measures will help
protect the environment.
What Econac Tablets contains
Econac Tablets are prolonged release tablets. Each tablet
contains 100mg of the active substance, Diclofenac Sodium.
The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate, magnesium
stearate, hydrogenated vegetable oil Type I, povidone K 30, talc.
What Econac Tablets looks like and contents of the pack:
Econac Tablets are white circular, biconvex, tablets engraved
with “DSR” on one side. Each tablet contains 100mg
diclofenac sodium. They are packed in either aluminium
blister packs (20, 21, 28, 30 tablets), tubes with plastic caps
(56, 100, 250, 500 tablets) or plastic bottles with screw caps
(56, 100, 250, 500 tablets). Not all pack sizes may be
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd.,
No. 1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road,
Croydon CR0 0XT, UK
This leaflet was last revised in March 2015.
Econac is a registered trade mark of Mercury Pharma Group

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