Dolvic-K Ampoule – Patient Information Leaflet

Dolvic-K Injection can either be given as an injection into the muscle, or as a slow infusion into a vein. The intramuscular injection is used to treat a number of painful conditions including:

  • acute back pain
  • attacks of gout
  • pain caused by gallstones or kidney stones
  • pain due to osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis
  • pain caused by injuries, acute trauma and fractures
  • pain following surgery.

The intravenous infusion is used in hospital to prevent or treat pain following an operation.

How to take Dolvic-K

Your doctor will decide when and how to treat you with Dolvic-K. You will be given an intramuscular injection (an injection into the muscle) or an intravenous infusion (a drip into the vein). The doctor may also prescribe another drug to protect the stomach to be taken at the same time, particularly if you have had stomach problems before, or if you are elderly, or taking certain other drugs as well.

If necessary treatment can be continued with Dolvic-K tablets or suppositories.

Adults dosage

The recommended dose is one or two ampoules (75 to 150mg) each day for one or two days.

Older patients dosage

Your doctor may give you a dose that is lower than the usual adult dose if you are elderly.

Children and adolescents dosage

This medicine is not recommended for children and adolescents. It must not be given to children under 14 years of age.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Common side effects that  may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • headache, dizziness, vertigo
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, indigestion, abdominal pain, wind, loss of appetite
  • change in liver function (e.g. raised levels of transaminases)
  • skin rash
  • pain, swelling or reactions at the injection site.

Special Warnings

  • You should take the lowest dose of Dolvic-K for the shortest possible time, particularly if you are underweight or elderly.
  • There is a small increased risk of heart attack or stroke when you are taking any medicine like Dolvic-K. The risk is higher if you are taking high doses for a long time. Always follow the doctor’s instructions on how much to take and how long to take it for.
  • If at any time while taking Dolvic-K you experience any signs or symptoms of problems with your heart or blood vessels such as chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, or slurring of speech, contact your doctor immediately.
  • Whilst you are taking these medicines your doctor may want to give you a check-up from time to time.
  • If you have a history of stomach problems when you are taking NSAIDs, particularly if you are elderly, you must tell your doctor straight away if you notice any unusual symptoms.
  • Because it is an anti-inflammatory medicine, Dolvic-K may reduce the symptoms of infection, for example, headache and high temperature. If you feel unwell and need to see a doctor, remember to tell him or her that you are taking Dolvic-K.
  • Dolvic-K Ampoules should not be used in children.

Tell your doctor if you recently had or you are going to have a surgery of the stomach or intestinal tract before taking Dolvic-K Ampoules, as Dolvic-K Ampoules can sometimes worsen wound healing in your gut after surgery.

Pregnancy

Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Although not common, abnormalities have been reported in babies whose mothers have taken NSAIDs during pregnancy. You should not have a Dolvic-K Injection during the last 3 months of pregnancy as it may affect the baby’s circulation.

Are you trying for a baby? Having Dolvic-K Injections may make it more difficult to conceive. You should talk to your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant, or if you have
problems getting pregnant.

Will There Be Any Problems With Driving Or Using Machinery?

Very occasionally people have reported that Dolvic-K Ampoules have made them feel dizzy, tired or sleepy. Problems with eyesight have also been reported. If you are affected in this way, you should not drive or operate machinery.

Contraindications

Some people MUST NOT have this injection. Talk to your doctor if:

  • you think you may be allergic to diclofenac sodium, sodium metabisulphite, aspirin, ibuprofen or any other NSAID, or to any of the other ingredients of Dolvic-K Ampoules. Signs of a hypersensitivity reaction include swelling of the face and mouth (angioedema), breathing problems, chest pain, runny nose, skin rash or any other allergic type reaction.
  •  you have now, or have ever had, a stomach (gastric) or duodenal (peptic) ulcer, or bleeding in the digestive tract (this can include blood in vomit, bleeding when emptying bowels, fresh blood in faeces or black, tarry faeces)
  • you have had stomach or bowel problems after you have taken other NSAIDs
  • you have heart, kidney or liver failure
  • if you have established heart disease and/or cerebrovascular disease e.g. if you have had a heart attack, stroke, mini-stroke (TIA) or blockages to blood vessels to the heart or brain or an operation to clear bypass blockages
  • if you have or have had problems with your blood circulation (peripheral arterial disease)
  • you are more than six months pregnant

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