Voltaren gel is used to treat osteoarthritis of the knees and hands. You should not use Voltaren if you have a history of allergic reaction to aspirin or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Voltaren increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using this medicine, especially in older adults.
Diclofenac can affect ovulation, and it may be harder to get pregnant while you are using this medicine. Follow the directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Avoid taking aspirin or other NSAIDs unless your doctor tells you to.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using other medicines for pain, fever, swelling, or cold/flu symptoms. They may contain ingredients similar to diclofenac (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen).
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Voltaren (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling). Get emergency medical help if you have signs of a heart attack or stroke: chest pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, feeling short of breath.
Heart or blood pressure medication, including a diuretic or “water pill”; Other drugs may interact with diclofenac, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances. Diclofenac helps to relieve pain and inflammation by blocking the effects of cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes.
Voltaren belongs to a class of medicines known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). May also be used in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (a form of spinal arthritis).
People of an older age, taking other medicines that affect the stomach, or who drink more than 3 glasses of alcohol per day may be more at risk. Other side effects including tinnitus (ringing in the ears) have also been reported.
Most NSAIDs have been associated with an increased risk of serious cardiovascular events including stroke or heart attack. May increase bleeding time especially if given with other medicines that also delay blood clotting.
May interact with some other medicines such as warfarin, SSRIs, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics. Note: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects.
Taking Voltaren with food may help with stomach-related side effects. Time to peak effect varies from 30 minutes to 3-5 hours depending on the formulation of Voltaren taken.
ACE inhibitors or Arms, such as captopril, enalapril, or losartan antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin or vancomycin anticoagulants (blood thinners) such as apixaban, dabigatran, fondaparinux, heparin, or warfarin antidepressants, such as citalopram, Escitalopram, fluoxetine, or fluoxetine antifungals, such as voriconazole beta blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, bisoprolol, or carvedilol bisphosphonates, such as alendronate diuretics (water pills), such as chlorthalidone, chlorothiazide, or hydrochlorothiazide HIV medications (e.g., Sterile, tenofovir) other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as celecoxib, eidola, ibuprofen, Motorola, meloxicam, nabumetone, or naproxen sulfonylureas (a type of diabetes medication), such as glimepiride, glyceride, or glipizide supplements, such as glucosamine, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E others, such as cyclosporine, lithium, methotrexate, penetrated, pirfenidone, or tacrolimus. Drinking alcohol while taking Voltaren may increase the risk of gastrointestinal-related side effects or kidney damage.
Note that this list is not all-inclusive and includes only common medications that may interact with Voltaren. You should refer to the prescribing information for Voltaren for a complete list of interactions.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying a patch or topical system.
If eye irritation persists for more than one hour, call your doctor. Apply the patch or topical system right away after removing it from the protective pouch.
Do not cut it into smaller pieces and do not touch the sticky surface of the patch or topical system. Apply the patch or topical system to a clean, dry, intact skin area.
Choose an area with little or no hair and free of scars, cuts, or irritation. Avoid putting the patch or topical system on areas where it could be rubbed off by tight clothing.
Press the patch or topical system firmly in place with your fingertips to make sure that the edges stick well. If the patch or topical system begins to peel off, the edges may be taped down.
If the patch or topical system still peels off, it may be used with a mesh netting sleeve (e.g., Cured® Hold Time™, Surgical® Tubular Elastic Dressing) to hold the patch or topical system applied to the ankles, knees, or elbows. The mesh netting sleeve must not be occlusive and must allow air to pass through.
Apply the medicine very carefully to clean, dry skin, and avoid getting any in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Apply enough medicine each time to cover the entire affected area.
Do not use heating pads or cover the treated area with a bandage unless your doctor has told you to. For Voltaren ® 1% topical gel: After applying this medicine, do not shower, bathe, or wash the affected area for at least 1 hour.
Wait for at least 10 minutes before covering the treated skin with gloves or clothing. If eye irritation persists for more than 1 hour, call your doctor.
Put 10 drops of the solution at a time on your hand or directly to your knee. Apply the solution evenly on the front, back, and sides of your knee.
Avoid wearing clothing or applying skin care products, such as sunscreen, insect repellant, lotion, moisturizer, or cosmetics, over the treated knee until the skin is completely dry. Avoid skin-to-skin contact between other people and the treated knee until the skin is completely dry.
The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. However, the total dose should not exceed 32 g per day over all affected joints.
DICLOFENAC (dye KLEE fen AK) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The 1% skin gel is used to treat osteoarthritis of the hands or knees.
The 3% skin gel is used to treat actinic keratitis. DICLOFENAC (dye KLEE fen AK) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
The 1% skin gel is used to treat osteoarthritis of the hands or knees. The 3% skin gel is used to treat actinic keratitis.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions. A special Misguide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill of the 1% gel.
Do Not Use Any Other Skin Products Without Telling Your Doctor Or Health Care Professional. Tell your doctor or healthcare provider if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
You will need to follow up with your healthcare provider to monitor your progress. If you develop a severe skin reaction, contact your doctor or healthcare provider immediately.
Contact your healthcare provider right away if you notice fevers or flu-like symptoms with a rash. The rash may be red or purple and then turn into blisters or peeling of the skin.
Or, you might notice a red rash with swelling of the face, lips or lymph nodes in your neck or under your arms. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen.
Side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, or ulcers may be more likely to occur. In fact, this medicine may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.
The chance may increase with longer use of this medicine and in people who have heart disease. If you take aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, talk with your doctor or healthcare provider.
This medicine can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. These increase irritation to your stomach and can make it more susceptible to damage from this medicine.
Ulcers and bleeding can happen without warning symptoms and can cause death. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): DISCLAIMER: This drug information content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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