2. BEFORE YOU TAKE MOTIFENE
Do not take the capsules if
- you have had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in Motifene 75 mg Capsules (see ‘6. Further information’ below)
- you have had an allergic reaction to ibuprofen, aspirin or other NSAIDs
- you have severe liver, kidney or heart 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 or bypass blockages
- if you have or have had problems with your blood circulation (peripheral arterial disease)
- you are in the last three months of pregnancy
- you have a peptic ulcer (ulcer in your stomach or duodenum) or bleeding in your stomach (for example, passed black tarry or bloody stools or vomited blood or dark particles that look like coffee grounds), or have had two or more episodes of peptic ulcers, stomach bleeding or perforation.
If you think any of these apply to you, or you are unsure, do not take the capsules. Talk to your doctor first and follow the advice given.
Take special care with Motifene
Make sure your doctor knows, before you are given Motifene
- If you smoke
- If you have diabetes
- If you have angina, blood clots, high blood pressure, raised cholesterol or raised triglycerides
Talk to your doctor before taking Motifene if you are also taking other NSAIDs, as Motifene should not be used at the same time as other NSAIDs.
If you have any of the following health problems, you may need to take special care while taking the medicine as your condition could get worse:
- Asthma , hayfever or other allergies, polyps in your nose, difficulty breathing (COPD), long term respiratory infections
- Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
- SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), an inflammation of the connective tissue
- Heart, kidney or liver problems (your doctor may want to carry out some tests while you are taking the capsules)
- High blood pressure
- Acute porphyria
- Blood clotting problems
Tell your doctor if you are about to have major surgery.
Because Motifene is a NSAID, it can make the symptoms of an infection (such as fever, pain) less noticeable.
Medicines such as Motifene may be associated with a small increased risk of heart attack (“myocardial infarction”) or stroke. Any risk is more likely with high doses and prolonged treatment. Do not exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment.
Side effects may be minimised by using the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration necessary.
If you have heart problems, previously had a stroke or think that you might 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.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. You may still be able to take Motifene if you are taking these medicines, but you must discuss this matter with your doctor and be advised before taking any of the medicines listed below:
- Other painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin, or any other medicines used to prevent platelet clumping
- Medicines to lower blood pressure (anti-hypertensives)
- Anti-coagulants, such as warfarin (to "thin" the blood)
- Anti-diabetic tablets
- Certain antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin
- Ciclosporin or tacrolimus (immunosuppressive medicines, used to dampen down the body's immune reactions)
- Mifepristone (for early termination of pregnancy)
- Heart drugs, such as digoxin
- Diuretics ("water tablets"), including the potassium-sparing type
- Lithium (a medicine used to treat mood swings and some types of depression)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (medicines used to treat some types of depression)
- Methotrexate (a medicine used to treat arthritis and some types of cancer)
- Zidovudine (a medicine used to treat HIV and AIDs).
- Phenytoin (used to treat epilepsy)
- Colestipol or cholestyramine (medicines used to lower cholesterol levels)
- Voriconazole (used to treat fungal infections)
- Sulfinpyrazone (used to treat gout)
These capsules are not suitable for children.
If you are elderly, your doctor may want to monitor you carefully while you are taking Motifene.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Tell your doctor before taking Motifene if you are pregnant or breast feeding. As with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Motifene 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 pregnant.
Motifene must not be taken during the last three months of pregnancy (see “Do not take the capsules” above). It is not usually recommended at other stages of pregnancy, but you may be able to take it if your doctor advises that it is necessary for you.
Motifene should be avoided if you are breast feeding, as small amounts of the medicine may pass into breast milk.
Driving and using machines
These capsules can cause some people to feel dizzy or giddy, drowsy or sleepy, tired or have problems with their vision. If you are affected, do NOT drive or operate machinery.
3. HOW TO TAKE MOTIFENE
Motifene 75 mg Capsules must be swallowed whole with a drink of water (about half a glass). Do not chew or break open the capsules. The capsules are best taken with or after food. It may help you to remember to take your capsules if you take them at the same time every day, perhaps with breakfast or an evening meal.
The usual dose is ONE capsule of Motifene, ONCE or TWICE a day as prescribed.
It is important that the second dose is taken 8-12 hours after the first dose and that no more than two Motifene 75 mg Capsules are taken in any 24 hour period.
Tell your doctor if you have any concerns about your treatment.
If you take more Motifene than you should
If you take more capsules than you should or if a child accidentally swallows some, go to your doctor or nearest emergency department immediately and take your medicine pack with you.
If you forget to take Motifene
If it is a little more than 12 hours since your previous dose, take the missed dose and then adjust the timing of your next dose to 8-12 hours later. Do not take a double dose to make up for the one you forgot and do not take more than two capsules in 24 hours.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Motifene can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Taking the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time will minimise side effects.
Some side effects can be serious. STOP taking Motifene 75 mg Capsules and tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Stomach ulcer or duodenal ulcer
- Passing blood in your faeces (stools/motions)
- Bleeding from the stomach or intestines (e.g. passing black ‘tarry’ stools)
- Vomiting blood or dark particles that look like coffee grounds
- Stomach pains or other abnormal stomach symptoms
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Worsening of Crohn’s disease or of ulcerative colitis
- Allergic reactions, which can include sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, lips, hands or fingers, skin rash, itching, bruising, painful red areas, peeling or blistering.
You should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the side effects listed below or any others not mentioned. You will be advised if you need to stop the medicine. (If any of them is severe stop the medicine and then tell your doctor.)
Other common side effects include:
Sickness, feeling sick, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation (including blockages), problems swallowing, loss of appetite, swelling of the tongue
Other less common side effects include:
Kidney problems, urinary problems (e.g. any change in the usual amount or colour of the urine), liver problems, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), blurred vision, double vision, headache, pins and needles, stiff neck, depression, confusion, hallucinations, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness or giddiness, feeling unwell, tiredness, sleepiness, sensitivity to light, rashes and spots, flaky skin, changes in blood test results.
Reports of isolated cases include:
Memory problems, disorientation, impaired hearing, insomnia, irritability, fits, anxiety, nightmares, tremor, mood changes, changes in taste, hair loss, eczema and unusual bruising.
Very rare reports include:
Skin rashes, blisters on the skin and sore mouth/eyes, inflammation of the pancreas.
Medicines such as Motifene may be associated with a small increased risk of heart attack (“myocardial infarction”) or stroke.
Other side effects reported in association with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs include swelling caused by a build-up of fluid (known as ‘oedema’), high blood pressure palpitations, chest pain and heart failure.
Your doctor may require you to have occasional check-ups while you are taking Motifene 75 mg Capsules.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Motifene 75 mg Capsules contain
The active substance is diclofenac sodium.
Each hard gelatin capsule contains 75 mg diclofenac sodium.
Microcrystalline cellulose, Povidone K25, colloidal anhydrous silica, methacrylic acid ethyl acrylate copolymer, propylene glycol, talc.
Microcrystalline cellulose, Povidone K25, colloidal anhydrous silica, ammonio methacrylate copolymer A and B, triethyl citrate, talc.
Indigocarmine (E132), titanium dioxide (E171), gelatin.
Gelatin, ink (containing shellac, propylene glycol, titanium dioxide (E171)).
What Motifene looks like and contents of the pack
Motifene 75 mg Capsules are blue and clear and are marked ‘D 75 M’.
The capsules are available in packs of 2, 4, 28 and 56.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder
DAIICHI SANKYO UK Ltd
Temmler Werke GmbH
Weihenstephaner Straße 28
Swiss Caps GmbH
To listen to or request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio, please call, free of charge 0800 198 5000 (UK only)
This is a service provided by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.