What is Voltaren?

Voltaren is the brand name for the medication diclofenac. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Voltaren works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. This medication is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.

Important Information about Voltaren

Voltaren can have fatal side effects. Tell your Doctor about any per-existing medical conditions, as well as any other medications you are currently taking.

Prolonged use of Voltaren can result in patients developing a tolerance to the medication. Do not increase your dose without speaking to your doctor first, this could increase your risk of serious side effects.

Abruptly stopping the use of Voltaren can result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. To prevent withdrawal do not stop the use of Voltaren without speaking to your Doctor first for dosage reduction therapy.

Voltaren Side Effects

Along with the desired effects of Voltaren there are often side effects to its use. Most commonly patients will experience; bloating, full feeling; continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears; excess air or gas in stomach or intestines; hearing loss; lack or loss of strength;  as well as passing gas. Other side effects to Voltaren are most severe and may require immediate medical attention;

  • Abdominal or stomach bloating, burning, cramping, or pain
  • belching
  • bloody or black, tarry stools
  • cloudy urine
  • constipation
  • decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • feeling of indigestion
  • headache
  • increased bleeding time
  • itching skin
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • pain in the chest below the breastbone
  • pale skin
  • rash
  • severe stomach pain
  • swelling
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • weight loss

If you experience symptoms of Voltaren over dose seek emergency treatment;

  • Agitation
  • blurred vision
  • change in the ability to see colors, especially blue or yellow
  • change in consciousness
  • confusion
  • depression
  • difficult or troubled breathing
  • hives
  • hostility
  • insomnia
  • irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
  • irritability
  • loss of consciousness
  • muscle twitching
  • nervousness
  • pain or discomfort in the chest, upper stomach, or throat
  • pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid weight gain
  • seizures
  • shortness of breath
  • sleepiness
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • stupor
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness
  • wheezing

Voltaren Uses

Voltaren is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation.

Voltaren is commonly a misused medication. Those without prescriptions to this medication will misuse it, risking their health and safety. Prolonged use of Voltaren can result in a tolerance and withdrawal syndrome.

Voltaren Dosage and Directions

The usual adult dosage for Voltaren in the relief of osteoarthritis is 100-150 mg/day in divided doses.

The usual adult dosage for Voltaren in the relief of rheumatoid arthriti is 150-200 mg/day in divided doses.

The usual adult dosage for Voltaren for the relief of ankylosing spondylitis is 100-125 mg/day, administered as 25 mg four times daily, with an extra 25-mg dose at bedtime if necessary.