Medical professionals advise against consuming alcohol while taking the prescription medication diclofenac, which also goes under the brand name Voltaren, according to Drugs.com. Drinking alcohol while taking diclofenac can cause stomach bleeding and other health complications, and all patients should consult with a medical professional before doing so.
According to MedlinePlus, dicofenac is supposed to treat pain, swelling, tenderness and stiffness that is associated with osteoarthritis. The RX List warns that patients who are allergic to aspirin or ibuprofen should consult with a physician before taking this medication. The RX List also recommends that people with kidney disease, liver disease or heart failure talk with a pharmacist before taking the medication.
Patients who show signs of stomach bleeding after taking dicofenac should seek immediate medical attention. According to the RX List, internal stomach bleeding often makes itself manifest by means of stool that looks similar to coffee grounds or that is black and tarry, as well as through stomach discomfort and coughing up blood.
MedilinePlus recommends that dicofenac be taken at the same time daily to help with pain. It is essential to tell a physician if taking any other over-the-counter medications, including vitamins and supplements. A patient who shows any signs of an allergic reaction to dicofenac, including swelling, difficulty breathing or hives, should seek immediate medical attention.