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What is Diacerein used for?

Diacerein is an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory agent used to treat osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. Diacerein is a slow-acting medicine that may help relieve pain and may slow down the progression of osteoarthritis.

Diacerein belongs to a class of substances called anthraquinones. Diacerein works by inhibiting the production of interleukin-1, the protein in the body that causes joint inflammation and cartilage destruction.

Diacerein may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Diacerein?

Like other medicines, Diacerein can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Diacerein are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Diacerein cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Diacerein develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Diacerein can cause side effects such as diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and discoloration of urine. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Diacerein.

What is the recommended dosage of Diacerein?

The dosage of Diacerein prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Diacerein capsules by mouth, with food.

What if you miss a dose of Diacerein?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Diacerein medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

What if you overdose on Diacerein?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Diacerein, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Diacerein?

  • Aluminum Hydroxide
  • Magnesium Hydroxide
  • Phytate
  • Psyllium husk

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Diacerein.

Diacerein can interact with the following types of medicines: laxatives, antibiotics, and antacids that contain aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Diacerein, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Diacerein?

Is it possible for me to take Diacerein with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Diacerein?
What are the possible drug interactions of Diacerein?
How will Diacerein work in my body?
How should Diacerein be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Diacerein drug interactions and side effects?


Before taking Diacerein, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems.

Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Diacerein is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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