Generic Name: diclofenac potassium
Drug Class: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Cambia is an oral prescription solution used as an acute treatment of migraine attacks, with or without aura. This is not indicated as prophylactic therapy for migraine. Additionally, its effectiveness and safety for the treatment of cluster headaches have not been established.
This is available as a 50 mg soluble powder from Cambia.
Mechanism of Action
NSAIDs are known to have antipyretic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties, but their exact mechanism of action is unknown. It is believed to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis. Prostaglandin is responsible for sensitizing afferent nerves and potentiating bradykinin in inducing pain. Prostaglandins are also known to be mediators of inflammation.
How to Take Cambia
Before starting to take Cambia, it is necessary to read the information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. It is important that you understand the uses and directions of any medication you take. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for additional information.
This oral solution is only meant to be taken by mouth. To prepare this drug, empty the content of the packet into 30 to 60 mL or 1 to 2 oz of water. Do not mix the diclofenac powder with any other beverages or liquid. Mix the solution well and drink it immediately. You may take it with food to prevent stomach upset. Do not increase or decrease your Cambia dosage. Take this oral medication exactly as prescribed.
Cambia Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-High blood pressure
-Persistent and severe headache
-Ringing in the ears
-Sudden weight gain
-Easy bruising or bleeding
-Changes in urine output
-Severe abdominal pain
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Cambia.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and talk to your doctor or healthcare professional.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to diclofenac, ibuprofen, celecoxib, naproxen, aspirin, or any inactive ingredients the oral solution may contain. Always be watchful for any signs of serious allergic reactions, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. Stop using this oral medication and seek emergency medical treatment right away if this happens.
Cambia may be contraindicated for people with a history of blood disorders, asthma, nasal polyps, liver disease, heart disease, stroke, gastrointestinal problems, and high blood pressure. Also, due to possible Cambia drug interactions, you should discuss all the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
Taking NSAIDs, like diclofenac, can increase the risk of kidney problems. The risk may even be higher for patients with existing kidney disease, heart failure, and dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids unless contraindicated, and notify your healthcare provider if you notice changes in your urine output.
This oral medication is known to increase the risk of stomach or intestinal bleeding. It is necessary to avoid smoking or using tobacco while on this treatment, for they contain substances that can further increase the risk of GI bleeding.
Dizziness and drowsiness are among the common adverse effects of Cambia. Practice safety caution when doing tasks that would need alertness, especially driving. You must also limit your consumption of alcoholic drinks.
This oral solution can also make you more sensitive to sun exposure. While using this drug, limit your exposure to the sun. You should also avoid indoor tanning and always wear protective clothing when going out.
It’s strongly advised for pregnant women to avoid these kinds of medications since they cause harm to unborn children and can also cause problems with delivery. While this drug can pass into breast milk, it is unlikely to harm nursing infants.
How much does Cambia cost in Canada?
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Cambia used for?
Cambia (diclofenac) is used to alleviate migraine headaches or migraine attacks. It blocks the production of prostaglandin, which causes pain and inflammation.
How often can I take Cambia?
This oral solution is usually only prescribed as a one-time dose. However, your exact dosage will be determined by your doctor based on your overall health condition.
Can I take Tylenol with Cambia?
You must avoid taking Tylenol with this product. It is not recommended to take non-prescription acetaminophen with this NSAID.
How long does it take for Cambia to kick in?
This product is known to work quickly. It usually starts to relieve migraine within 15 minutes after it has been administered.
Who shouldn’t take Cambia?
Pregnant moms are advised not to take Cambia. Also, this oral drug is only prescribed for patients 18 years of age and above.
Can you get Cambia over the counter?
This product is a prescription drug. You need to have a valid prescription before purchasing from any pharmacy.