Cambia

Generic Name: Diclofenac

  • What is Cambia?

    Cambia is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat migraine attacks. Cambia does not prevent or lessen migraines you have, and it is not for other types of headaches.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cambia?

    Cambia can cause serious problems (such as heart attack or stroke). Your risk can increase when this medication is used for long periods of time and in people who have heart disease. Tell your doctor if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, or slurred speech. Also, Cambia can cause high blood pressure or worsening of existing high blood pressure, and heart failure, which can lead to weight gain or edema (swelling).

    Cambia can cause discomfort, ulcers, or bleeding in your stomach or intestines. Your risk can increase with long-term use, smoking, drinking alcohol, older age, or with certain medications. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience abdominal pain or if you have bloody vomit or stools.

    Long-term use of Cambia can cause kidney injury. Your risk can increase if you have kidney impairment; heart failure; liver problems; are taking certain medications, including diuretics (water pills) (such as furosemide) or blood/heart medications known as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (such as lisinopril); are dehydrated; or are elderly. Also, Cambia can cause liver injury. Tell your doctor if you experience nausea, tiredness, weakness, itchiness, yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes, right upper abdominal tenderness, or "flu-like" symptoms.

    Cambia can cause allergic reactions resembling anaphylaxis (a serious and rapid allergic reaction that may result in death if not immediately treated). Stop taking Cambia and tell your doctor immediately if you experience difficulty breathing or swelling of your face, mouth, or throat.

    Tell your doctor immediately if you experience serious skin reactions, which can be characterized by a severe rash, fever, or itchiness.

  • Who should not take Cambia?

    Do not take Cambia if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you experienced asthma, difficulty breathing, rash, or allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs.

    Do not take Cambia right before or after a heart surgery called a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cambia?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cambia. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart disease, stomach problems, kidney or liver impairment, high blood pressure, asthma, or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is one 50-milligram (mg) packet, as needed.

  • How should I take Cambia?

    Take Cambia exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Empty the contents of one packet into a cup containing 1-2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) of water. Mix well and drink immediately. Do not use liquids other than water. Taking Cambia with food can reduce its effect compared to taking it on an empty stomach.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cambia?

    Do not take aspirin or other NSAIDs in combination with Cambia.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cambia?

    If Cambia is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Cambia with the following: ACE inhibitors, aspirin, blood thinners (warfarin), cyclosporine, diuretics, lithium, or methotrexate.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cambia?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal or stomach pain, bloody vomit or stool, chest pain, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, gas, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, indigestion, itching, nausea, rash, shortness of breath, slurred speech, swelling, tiredness, vomiting, weakness, weight gain, yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes

  • Can I receive Cambia if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not take Cambia if you are in the late stage of your pregnancy. The effects of Cambia during early pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cambia?

    Cambia should be given only as needed.

  • How should I store Cambia?

    Store at room temperature.