NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUG (NSAID)
Voltaren is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988 to treat certain forms of arthritis. Voltaren may also be referred to by its drug name, Diclofenac. Diclofenac is also sold under the brand name Arthrotec. Voltaren is used to treat pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by psoriatic arthritis.
Voltaren should not be used by people who are allergic to aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aleve or Ibuprofen. Voltaren may not be appropriate for pregnant women. Do not take Voltaren while you are also taking aspirin or another NSAID drug. Voltaren should be used with caution in smokers, diabetics, and people with a history of heart, liver, or kidney problems, high blood pressure, alcoholism, binge drinking, or strokes.
Voltaren is an NSAID. NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain and inflammation. Voltaren is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation in the body.
How do I take it?
Voltaren may be taken orally as a tablet twice a day, or applied four times a day as a topical gel. Do not apply cosmetics, lotions, sunblock, or other products to skin treated with Voltaren.
Topical Voltaren can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight in the areas where you apply it. Protect treated areas from sunburn while using Voltaren by covering skin with clothing.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when using or taking Voltaren.
In an article published in 2005, researchers reviewed scientific literature on the use of NSAIDs and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. The researchers concluded that NSAIDs are more effective than a placebo for treating joint pain, swelling, and tenderness associated with psoriatic arthritis.
Rare but serious side effects of Voltaren may include an increase in the risk of stroke, heart attack, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience pain in your chest or left arm, shortness of breath, numbness in your hands or feet, or sudden weakness on one side of your body.
Common side effects of Voltaren include stomach pain, constipation, gas, dizziness, and numbness or tingling in the limbs and extremities. Skin treated with Voltaren may become dry, itchy, red, hard, swollen, or numb. Voltaren can cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunlight, increasing your risk for sunburn.
Contact your doctor if you experience severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, black stools that appear bloody or tarry, a change in the amount of urine you produce, yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice), weight gain, skin problems such as rash or hives, mouth ulcers, swelling, and fast heartbeat (tachycardia), or a stiff neck while taking Voltaren.
Seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, rash, or itching or swelling of the face, tongue, and throat.