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Voltaren Gel, also known as Voveran Emugel (internationally), is an topical medication made up of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug called diclofenac.
Voltaren Gel is prescribed to help with symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knees and hands. This is a condition that occurs when the protective cushion, called cartilage, at the ends of your bones get worn down over time (or due to other factors).
Voltaren Gel (diclofenac) is effective at treating osteoarthritis of the knees and hands because it is an NSAID capable of reducing the substances in the body that create pain and inflammation.
Use Voltaren Gel exactly the way your doctor has prescribed it to you. Do not use more or less of a dose than directed too.
Before applying Voltaren Gel (diclofenac)
Applying Voltaren Gel (diclofenac)
After applying Voltaren Gel (diclofenac)
Do not use Voltaren Gel (diclofenac)
Do not use Voltaren Gel if you are allergic to diclofenac or have ever had an allergic reaction to other NSAIDs such as Advil.
You should not use this product if you have recently had a heart bypass surgery.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or if you smoke, have a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot, a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding, asthma, liver or kidney disease, or fluid retention.
This medication can increase your risk of fatal heart attack and/or stroke. The risk is higher in those who use this medication long term, take high doses, or have heart disease. Although, those without any factors are still at risk for these complications when using diclofenac. This medication may cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can sometimes be fatal.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding before using this medication.
Common side effects of Voltaren Gel (diclofenac) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Voltaren Gel (diclofenac) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
stomach bleeding: bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
liver problems: nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
kidney problems: little or no urinating, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath;
dangerously high blood pressure: severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, or a seizure.
low red blood cells (anemia): pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; or
severe skin reaction: fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
What other medications interact with diclofenac?
Other medications that interact with diclofenac include cyclosporine, lithium, methotrexate, rifampin, antifungal medicine, blood thinners and others.
Is this medication safe for children to use?
This medication is not approved for those under the age of 18 years old; it may or may not be safe for them to use this drug. Do not give this medication to a child.
What should I avoid when using Voltaren Gel?
Avoid taking other NSAIDS and aspirin while being treated with Voltaren Gel unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
How should I store this medication?
This medication should be protected from heat and moisture to avoid nullifying the medication. Keep this medication in a place not accessible by children or pets.
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