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Voltaren Extra Strength is a topical get designed to provide powerful relief from joint pain and inflammation associated with conditions such as arthritis. It contains the active ingredient diclofenac, which is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking the production of certain chemicals in the body that cause pain and inflammation.
When the gel is applied to the skin, the diclofenac is absorbed and penetrates the underlying tissues, reducing pain and inflammation in the affected area. The gel's formula contains a permeation enhancer Oleyl alcohol2, which belongs to the family of aliphatic alcohols, and it is formulated to provide up to 12 hours of relief. It can be applied to the affected area twice a day, and it is absorbed into the skin to create a reservoir of diclofenac in the joint.
Use and Dosage
Read the Medication Guide and Patient Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using the diclofenac gel and each time you get a refill.
Voltaren Gel Extra Strength is not recommended for use in individuals aged 18 to 65 years. However, if it is deemed appropriate for use by a healthcare professional, the gel should be applied to the affected area twice a day, in the morning and evening.
To ensure accurate dosing, use the dosing card provided with the product to measure 2g of gel for each application. Squeeze the gel from the tube onto the dosing card and measure up to the 2g line. Then, gently rub the gel into the skin until it is fully absorbed. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after applying the gel and wait at least 10 minutes before dressing.
Do not cover the treated area with bandages or wraps. Additionally, avoid getting the gel in your mouth or eyes. Please use Voltaren Gel Extra Strength as directed by your healthcare professional to ensure your safety and that the medication is effective for your individual needs.
Common Side Effects of Voltaren Gel Extra Strength (Diclofenac Diethylamine):
- Numbness and tingling
- Pimples or other
- Skin irritation where the medicine was applied
- Stomach pain
- Upset stomach
Serious Side Effects of Voltaren Gel Extra Strength (Diclofenac Diethylamine):
- Signs of a serious allergic reaction (hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face and throat)
- Skin rash with blistering
- Symptoms of bleeding in the stomach or intestines (black, tarry stools; stomach pain; vomit with a coffee-grind appearance or vomiting blood; weakness or fainting)
- Symptoms of an asthma flare-up (wheezing, shortness of breath or chest tightness)
Forms and Strength
Voltaren Gel Extra Strength (Diclofenac Diethylamine) is available in the following forms and strength:
Voltaren Gel Extra Strength: Gel
- If you have had an allergic reaction to diclofenac or any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), you should not use Voltaren Extra Strength.
- Some people may develop skin reactions such as redness, itching, swelling, or blistering at the site of application. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop using Voltaren Extra Strength and contact your healthcare provider.
- You should avoid getting Voltaren Extra Strength in your eyes or on your mouth and nose. If contact occurs, you should rinse the affected area with water.
- The use of Voltaren Extra Strength during pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended, as the effects on the unborn baby or nursing infant are not fully known.
- People with liver or kidney problems should use Voltaren Extra Strength with caution, as it may worsen their condition.
- Voltaren Extra Strength may increase blood pressure, so it should be used with caution if you have high blood pressure or a history of heart disease.
- Elderly patients may be more susceptible to the side effects of Voltaren Extra Strength, so they should use it with caution and under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
- Voltaren Extra Strength has not been studied in children under the age of 18, so its safety and effectiveness in this population is not well established.
- Interactions with other medications: You should talk to your healthcare provider before using Voltaren Extra Strength if you are taking any other medications, as it may interact with certain drugs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Voltaren Extra Strength to work?
The onset of action of Voltaren Extra Strength is usually within 1 hour of application. However, you may not experience maximum pain relief until several days of continuous use.
Can I use Voltaren Extra Strength for all types of pain?
Voltaren Extra Strength is specifically indicated for pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. It may not be effective for other types of pain.
Can I use Voltaren Extra Strength for headaches?
No, Voltaren Extra Strength is not indicated for headaches. It is specifically formulated for pain and inflammation associated with musculoskeletal conditions.
Can I use Voltaren Extra Strength for a long time?
Voltaren Extra Strength should be used for the shortest duration necessary to relieve pain and inflammation. Prolonged use may increase the risk of certain side effects, such as skin irritation and stomach problems.
It's important to purchase Voltaren Gel Extra Strength from verified Canadian pharmacy.