Oral diclofenac switched to POM

Oral formulations of diclofenac are no longer available to buy over the counter.

The MHRA made the switch from P to POM as a result of the small increased risk of serious cardiac side effects associated with the drug, particularly with high-dose and/or long-term use.

Topical formulations of diclofenac continue to be available without a prescription.

Want news like this straight to your inbox?
Sign up for our bulletins

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

More from MIMS

Drug shortages - live tracker

Drug shortages - live tracker

Use our constantly updated shortages tracker to check...

Live updates: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK

Live updates: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK

Use our timeline to follow the latest coronavirus developments...

New opioid warnings and fentanyl patch contraindication

New opioid warnings and fentanyl patch contraindication

New warnings about tolerance and dependence are being...

NICE updates sciatica treatment guidance

NICE updates sciatica treatment guidance

Updated NICE guidance on sciatica advises against the...