Voltaren as a potent medicine is generically known as Diclofenac. Voltaren falls under the class of drugs referred to as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). It is used to minimize substances that are responsible for tenderness and swelling. Voltaren tablets used orally helps in the treatment of pain or symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. It is also used for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. Voltaren (gel) works for the treatment of degenerative arthritis of the hands and knees.
Voltaren as a potent medicine is from the following composite:
- Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose;
- Iron oxide;
- Magnesium stearate;
- Methacrylic acid copolymer;
- Microcrystalline cellulose;
- Polyethylene glycol;
- Propylene glycol;
- Sodium hydroxide;
- Sodium starch glycolate;
- Titanium dioxide.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Ensure that the intake of Diclofenac is done by following all directions given by the doctor. Adhere to all prescription details found on the prescription label and make inquiries when it is necessary relating to the use, duration, and the number of required dose. Ensure that you do not use Voltaren more, less or longer than it is required. There may be a need at times for a change by your doctor on your dose for better treatment result. Voltaren tablet should be swallowed whole and not to be crushed, chewed or broken. There may be a need for regular medical test for patients who will be taking Voltaren for a very long time. Make inquiries when it is needful from your doctor or pharmacist. Keep Voltaren away from heat and moisture and ensure that the bottle is well closed.
The following precautions are to be taken before or when using Voltaren:
- Voltaren may be inimical if:
- Its high doses are taken;
- It is used for a long time;
- It is used by patients with the disease of the heart.
- Patients who may undergo heart bypass surgery should keep away from Voltaren right before or after the surgery.
- Patients who are hypersensitive to Voltaren or who have any history of allergy to aspirin or an NSAID; or asthma attack should keep away from the use of Diclofenac.
- You are advised to bring any of the following medical conditions into your doctor’s awareness:
- The disease of the liver or kidney;
- Heart disease;
- High cholesterol;
- Fluid retention;
- Heart attack;
- Blood clot;
- Stomach ulcers or bleeding;
- Pregnant women should seek the advice of their doctors before using Voltaren.
- Lactating mothers should seek the advice of their doctors before using Voltaren.
- The use of Voltaren medicine bid restricted from children under the age of 18 years.
Ensure that you request for medical advice if you begin to experience the symptoms of hypersensitivity to Voltaren such as difficulty breathing or wheezing; hive; common cold symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy or runny nose; and swollen lips, tongue, face or throat. You as well advised to see your doctor if you experience symptoms of stroke or heart attack, chest pain, weakness or numbness, breathing problem or slurred speech. The following are the common side effects of Voltaren:
- Stomach pain;
- Stuffy nose;
- Excessive sweating;
- Stinging or burning in eyes;
- The rise in the blood pressure;
- Tenderness or swelling in legs or arms.
Interaction with other drugs
You are advised to seek the advice of your doctor before the use of any new medication especially: escitalopram, vilazodone, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, sertraline trazodone, paroxetine, or citalopram. The use of any of these drugs with Voltaren may result in easy bleeding or bruise. Inform your doctor of your past and present use of any of the following drugs:
- A diuretic;
- Antifungal drug;
- Steroid drug;
- A blood thinner;
- Voltaren Gel;
- Other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Additionally, the following may as well interact with Voltaren:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines;
- Herbal products.