Dosage for Cambia: What You Need to Know
If you have migraine, your doctor might suggest Cambia as a treatment option. It’s a prescription drug used in adults to treat migraine with and without aura.
It’s important to note that Cambia is only used to treat a migraine episode that’s already happening. It should not be used to prevent migraine headaches. And it’s unknown whether Cambia is safe to take for a cluster headache.
The active ingredient in Cambia is diclofenac potassium. (The active ingredient is what makes the drug work.) It belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
The powder is in a packet. You can take the powder by mouth.
This article describes the dosage of Cambia, as well as its strength and how to take it. To learn more about Cambia, see this in-depth article.
Note: This chart highlights the basics of Cambia’s dosage. Be sure to read on for more detail. And please keep in mind that this article covers Cambia’s standard dosage schedule, which is provided by the drug’s manufacturer. But always follow the dosing instructions given to you by your doctor.
|Cambia form||Cambia strength||Usual dosage|
|powder that’s dissolved in water||50 milligrams (mg) per packet||50 mg as needed for migraine|
Before starting treatment with Cambia, you should talk to your doctor about any medical conditions you have. They can help you figure out the best dose of Cambia.
What is Cambia’s form?
The powder is in a packet. The powder is mixed into water and swallowed.
What strength does Cambia come in?
The strength of combe is 50 imimes per packet.
What is the usual dosage of Cambia?
The information below describes dosages that are commonly used or recommended. Your doctor will start you on the recommended dosage of Cambia. Be sure to take the dosage your doctor prescribes. They’ll determine the best dosage to fit your needs.
The usual dosage for a migraine episode that’s already occurring is 50 mg. This is also the maximum daily dose of Cambia. Although you may be able to repeat some other migraine treatments, there’s no recommended repeat dose of this drug.
You should not use this medication to treat a cluster headache since it’s not known if the drug may be safe or effective for this use.
You should not use it to prevent migraines. This is not a drug that you take once a day. It should only be used to treat a migraine that is happening.
You should try not to take Cambia 10 or more days per month. Doing so may cause medication overuse headaches, which may be more frequent or more severe than your original migraine headaches. If you develop medication overuse headaches, your doctor will likely pause your treatment with Cambia until your symptoms go away.
If you have questions about the dosage, talk to your doctor.
Is Cambia used long term?
It can be used as a long-term treatment. This medication should only be used for migraines that are already-occurring. If you and your doctor determine that Cambia is safe and effective for treating this condition, you will likely use it for a long time.
The powder is in a packet. 50 imimes of the drug is contained in each packet. To take your dose, empty the packet into a cup with a little water. The powder should be mixed into the water to make a liquid solution. You should drink this as soon as you mix it. Do not mix other liquids with it. You should mix it with water.
If you take it with an empty stomach, it will work better.
For information on Cambia expiration, storage, and disposal, see this article.
This is equal to 2 to 4 ounces or 30 to 60 ounces.
Accessible drug containers and labels
“If you can’t read the prescription label on your medication, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist. Some pharmacies may provide medication labels.”
- Large print or use of blind.
- You can use a code on a phone to change the text to sound.
“If your current pharmacy doesn’t offer accessibility features, your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend a new pharmacy.”
If you use more Cambia than your doctor prescribes, you can be in danger of serious side effects.
Symptoms of overdose
Symptoms caused by an overdose of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Cambia can include:
- It is too sleepy.
- There is belly pain.
- high blood pressure.
- Difficult breathing
- There are problems with the kidneys.
- The stomach or the ile.
- A coma.
What to do in case you take too much Cambia
Call your doctor right away if you think you’ve taken too much Cambia. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource. But if you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 (or your local emergency number) or go to the nearest emergency room.
The drug manufacturer gives the usual dosage. If your doctor recommends it, they will prescribe the correct amount of the drug.
Remember, you should not change your dosage of Cambia without your doctor’s recommendation. Only take Cambia exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your current dosage. Here are some examples of questions you may want to ask them:
- Will my other drugs affect my dose?
- If I’m also taking a migraine prevention medication, will my dose of Cambia be different?
- Can my dosage be reduced if I have side effects from Cambia?
- Will other conditions affect my dose of Cambia?
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Can my dosage of Cambia be increased if it’s not working to manage my migraine episodes?
“If the drug isn’t working for you, your doctor won’t recommend a dosage increase. They may recommend a different treatment for your migraines.”
The recommended amount of Cambia is 50 milligrams. The maximum recommended dose of Cambia is this one. The effectiveness and safety of taking a second dose of Cambia has not been studied.
“If your headaches aren’t going away after a dose of Cambia, you should talk to your doctor. They can recommend a different treatment for you.”
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