Pharmacy Services

Ortiga Contains Undeclared Diclofenac

August 28, 2013

An FDA laboratory analysis found that Ortiga contains diclofenac, a prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).   Ortiga is an unapproved supplement made in Mexico.  It is labeled in Spanish and is promoted for treating many different diseases.  Ortiga can be purchased on the internet and in some retail stores.  Advise patients to stop taking Ortiga and dispose of it immediately.  Diclofenac can increase the risk of cardiovascular events, gastrointestinal damage, and may interact with other medications.  Evaluate patients who used Ortiga for NSAID toxicity, and drug-drug and drug-disease interactions with diclofenac.

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