NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUG (NSAID)
Voltaren is a prescription medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain forms of arthritis. Voltaren may be prescribed to treat pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by psoriatic arthritis. Voltaren may also be referred to by its drug name, diclofenac. Diclofenac is also sold under the brand name Arthrotec.
Voltaren is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (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.
Common side effects of Voltaren include gastrointestinal experiences such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bleeding, heartburn, nausea, ulcers, and vomiting. Other common side effects include abnormal kidney function, low red blood cell count, dizziness, swelling, elevated liver enzymes, headaches, fever, rashes and ringing in the ears.
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.
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.
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Voltaren Arthritis Gel — GSK
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