|Systematic (IUPAC) name|
|Trade names||Hifenac, Cincofen, Nacsiv, Acenac|
|Legal status||POM (UK)|
|ATC code||M01 M02|
|Mol. mass||354.18472 g/mol|
|(what is this?)|
Aceclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) analog of Diclofenac. It is used for the relief of pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. The dose is 100 mg twice daily.
It should not be given to people with porphyria or breast-feeding mothers, and is not recommended for children.
Aceclofenac has higher anti-inflammatory action than conventional NSAIDs. It is a cytokine inhibitor. Aceclofenac works by blocking the action of a substance in the body called cyclo-oxygenase. Cyclo-oxygenase is involved in the production of prostaglandins (chemicals in the body) which cause pain, swelling and inflammation. Aceclofenac is the glycolic acid ester of diclofenac.
- British National Formulary 55, March 2008; ISBN 978-0-85369-776-3 p. 537
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