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Voltaren Gel, also known by its generic name Diclofenac Diethylamine, is a topical anti-inflammatory used to relieve pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Voltaren Gel belongs to a class of drugs called Topical Skin Products.
Voltaren Gel contains an active ingredient, diclofenac diethylamine, is quickly absorbed through the skin and helps to reduce inflammation throughout the body. It works by blocking an enzyme in the body known as cyclooxygenase (COX). When cyclooxygenase (COX enzyme is blocked, the body decreases the amount of inflammatory chemicals to reduce inflammation and pain.
Voltaren Gel is one of the most prescribed medications used to treat pain and swelling caused by osteoarthritis of the knees. It can treat acute pain caused by minor strains, sprains, and contusions (bruises). This gel can be used to relieve muscle and joint pains due to strain or sprains, as well as certain soft tissue injuries.
Uses and Dosage
Voltaren Gel (Diclofenac Diethylamine) is available in the form of a topical gel. It is used to relieve pain and inflammation in joints, muscles, and tendons. The gel is applied directly to the affected area and should not be ingested. Wash your hands before and after using Voltaren Gel 1.16% topical gel.
When using Voltaren gel, be sure to apply it carefully to clean, dry skin, avoiding contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth. Do not apply the medicine to areas with broken skin or open wounds, infection, or severely peeling skin. Apply enough to cover the entire affected area and do not use heating pads or bandages, unless directed by your doctor. Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products in the same area. After Voltaren 1% topical gel has been applied, wait 1 hour before showering/bathing and 10 minutes before covering the area with gloves or clothing.
- For osteoarthritis of the hands, elbows, or wrists using Voltaren 1.16% gel, the recommended dose for adults is to apply 2 grams (g) of the gel to the affected area four times a day (a total of 8 g each day). However, the total dose should not exceed 32 g per day over all affected joints. The dosing card provided should be used to measure the appropriate dose. For children, a doctor must determine the dosage.
- For osteoarthritis of the knees, ankles, or feet using Voltaren 1.16% gel: for adults 4 grams (g) to the affected skin areas four times a day (a total of 16 g each day). However, the total dose should not exceed 32 g per day over all affected joints. Use the enclosed dosing card to measure the appropriate dose. Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
Common side effects of Voltaren Gel include:
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased sweating
- Skin redness, itching, dryness, scaling or peeling
- Stomach pain
- Stuffy nose
Serious Side Effects of Using Voltaren Gel Include:
- Allergic reaction
- Breathing problems
- Swelling of the feet or ankles
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased weight
- Stomach ulcer or stomach bleeding
- Very dark stools
- Blood in your stool
- Bruising more easily
Form and Strength
Voltaren Gel is available in the following forms and strengths:
Voltaren Gel: Gel
- 1.16 %
- Voltaren Gel has been associated with an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early on in treatment and may increase with prolonged use. Be aware of this potential risk when prescribing Voltaren Gel.
- Voltaren Gel has been associated with an increased risk of serious bleeding, sores (ulcers), and holes (perforation) in the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. Patients should be aware of this potential risk when taking Voltaren Gel and should seek medical attention immediately.
- Talk to your doctor before using diclofenac if you are planning to have any surgery, especially heart bypass surgery. Diclofenac may increase the risk of serious cardiovascular events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal.
- Avoid drinking alcohol when using Voltaren Gel, as it can increase your risk of stomach ulcers from using diclofenac. Alcohol can irritate the stomach lining and increase the risk of ulcer formation.
- After 30 weeks of gestation, Voltaren Gel is classified as a pregnancy category D drug, meaning that studies have shown that there is a potential risk to the fetus if Voltaren Gel is taken during pregnancy. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using Voltaren Gel if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Voltaren gel used for?
Voltaren gel is used to treat pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, sprains, strains, and other conditions.
How does Voltaren gel work?
Voltaren gel works by blocking the body’s production of substances that cause pain and inflammation.
How is Voltaren gel applied?
Voltaren gel is applied directly to the affected area and should be massaged gently into the skin.
Are there any warnings associated with Voltaren gel?
Voltaren gel should not be applied to broken or damaged skin and should not be used by people with certain allergies or sensitivities.
It's important to purchase Voltaren Gel from verified Canadian pharmacy.