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Review: could Diclofenac cause Bad dreams (Nightmares)?

We study 14,186 people who have side effects while taking Diclofenac from FDA and social media. Among them, 24 have Bad dreams. Find out below who they are, when they have Bad dreams and more.

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Diclofenac sodium

Diclofenac sodium (latest outcomes from 14,954 users) has active ingredients of diclofenac sodium. It is often used in arthritis.

Bad dreams

Bad dreams (unpleasant dreams) (latest reports from 86,349 patients) has been reported by people with quit smoking, depression, stress and anxiety, high blood pressure, pain.

On Oct, 25, 2014: 14,185 people reported to have side effects when taking Diclofenac sodium. Among them, 24 people (0.17%) have Bad Dreams.

Trend of Bad dreams in Diclofenac sodium reports

Time on Diclofenac sodium when people have Bad dreams * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Bad dreams55.56%0.00%0.00%11.11%11.11%0.00%22.22%

Gender of people who have Bad dreams when taking Diclofenac sodium * :

Bad dreams51.72%48.28%

Age of people who have Bad dreams when taking Diclofenac sodium * :

Bad dreams0.00%0.00%0.00%4.17%33.33%41.67%4.17%16.67%

Severity of Bad dreams when taking Diclofenac sodium ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Bad dreams0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Bad dreams ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Bad dreams0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain in extremity (6 people, 25.00%)
  2. Blood cholesterol increased (4 people, 16.67%)
  3. Depression (4 people, 16.67%)
  4. Blood pressure (2 people, 8.33%)
  5. Osteoarthritis (2 people, 8.33%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Omeprazole (3 people, 12.50%)
  2. Chantix (3 people, 12.50%)
  3. Tramadol hcl (3 people, 12.50%)
  4. Grifulvin (2 people, 8.33%)
  5. Celebrex (2 people, 8.33%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Have recently suffered quite large upheavals in life, such as moving away from my parent's for the first time to go to school, only to be too sick to manage the course. Unsure if nightmares coming from stress/anxiety/depression, or steadily increasing dose of morphine (under doctor's instruction.)


  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Jessica on Oct, 9, 2011:

    I began this medicine 4 days ago and last night I had the most horrid nightmares. Extremely severe in nature and waking up in sweats or shakey feeling. Hard to go back to sleep after.


    anonymous on Feb, 22, 2012:

    Just started on this 5 days ago. I dream a lot but veerry rarely experience nightmares, and never more than 2 nights in a row. I've had severe nightmares 4 of the 5 nights and last I had them all throughout. Thought it was just me until I finally looked up its possible side effects today.


    simpson on May, 20, 2012:

    been on it for a week, after having a new baby by section. Noticed that I was always having nightmares, even if I nodded of for a cat nap. I very rarely had bad dreams before, and these were so disturbing and aggressive that i became frightened to sleep. Wondered if it might be the diclofenac so stopped dosage. That night my dream state was fine, and continued to be so.


    Karen on Nov, 13, 2012:

    I bought Volataren Emg Gel at Costco yesterday to help with my elbow tendonitis. Applied it before my yoga class and before bed. Had horrible nightmares for at least two hours where I would fight myself awake to stop the nightmare, glance at the clock and would be pulled back into a horrific yscary scene where I was being attacked and could feel the pain. What was with that. I am aware of my dreams some nights but very rarely get nightmares. Searched this morning for side effects of this NSAID gel and found out this was indeed a rare side effect of this drug. First day use? Maybe it's not so rare. But after reading "can cause nightmares and physcotic reactions", I think I'd better suffer the pain and stop use of Volataren Gel.


  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • veronica on Sep, 18, 2012:

    Ive just used Voltaren prior to go to bed.
    Now Ive just woken up from the most realistic, horrible nightmare. I never get nightmares.
    I felt as if I was in a semi-awaken state... where all that ive gone throu today was in my dream but 100% intensified, malicious almost devil-ish.
    I felt paralized and helpless as soon as I had enough energie to stay awake.

    I am now petrified to go back to sleep...


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