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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 53-56
The efficacy of transdermal and oral diclofenac for post-endodontic pain control: A randomised controlled trial

Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_167_17

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Objective: The aim of the present study was to compare the effect of transdermal diclofenac patch against oral diclofenac for post-endodontic pain control. Materials and Methods: Thirty-two patients with symptomatic irreversible pulpitis in single-rooted premolar teeth of either arch were treated endodontically in a single visit by a single endodontist. Oral diclofenac (50 mg twice daily) for group I and transdermal diclofenac patch (100 mg once daily) for group II were administered as post-endodontic analgesics for two days. Visual analogue scale (VAS) chart was used to record pain intensity scores preoperatively and at intervals of 4, 8, 12 and 24 h postoperatively for 2 days. Paracetamol 650 mg tablets were provided as rescue medication. Results: There was a significant decrease in the postoperative pain intensity scores for both groups. The postoperative scores gradually decreased from day 1 to day 2 in both groups. Twelve out of sixteen patients who had received diclofenac tablets complained of gastric discomfort. Conclusion: Transdermal diclofenac patch was as effective as an oral diclofenac tablet and can be used as an alternative and effective analgesic for post-endodontic pain management, especially in patients with gastric discomfort.

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