Treating joint swelling, pain, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in patients who are at a high risk of developing NSAID-induced ulcers or their complications. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Arthrotec is an NSAID and prostaglandin analog combination. The prostaglandin maintains prostaglandin activity needed to protect the lining of the stomach and reduce acid secretion, reducing the risk of ulcers. The NSAID decreases prostaglandins that cause pain and inflammation, relieving joint pain.
Arthrotec contains a combination of misoprostol and diclofenac. Misoprostol is a synthetic prostaglandin that serves to reduce the production of stomach acid, protect the lining in the stomach, and thus prevent ulcers. Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medication works by reducing the hormones responsible for inflammation and pain in the body.