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Voltaren Suppositories is a medication used to treat conditions such as arthritis, menstrual pain, migraine, and other types of pain. It contains the active ingredient diclofenac sodium, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to reduce pain, inflammation, and fever.
Voltaren works by reducing the production of prostaglandins, which are chemicals in the body that cause pain, inflammation, and fever. The active ingredient in the medication, diclofenac, inhibits the activity of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX), which is involved in the production of prostaglandins. By reducing the levels of prostaglandins, Voltaren suppositories help to control pain and inflammation in conditions such as arthritis, menstrual cramps, and other types of pain.
Use and Dosage
When used in children, the strength of the Voltaren suppository used depends on the weight of the child. Your doctor will decide which strength is suitable for your child and how often it can be used.
To minimize the risk of side effects, do not take Voltaren for longer than prescribed by your doctor. If you are using Voltaren for arthritis, it will not cure the disease but help manage the pain and inflammation. It usually takes a few hours to begin working, but it may take several weeks to feel the full effects of the medication.
For menstrual cramps, suppositories may be used during each period as soon as the pain begins, continuing for a few days until the pain subsides. If you use Voltaren for more than a few weeks, schedule regular check-ups with your doctor to ensure that you are not experiencing any unrecognized adverse effects.
Follow these steps to use Voltaren Suppositories:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- If the suppository feels soft, chill it BEFORE removing the wrapper by placing it in the fridge or holding it under cold water for a few minutes.
- Put on a disposable glove, if desired (available from a pharmacy)
- Remove all the wrapper from the suppository.
- Lie on your side and raise your knees to your chest.
- Push the suppository, blunt end first, gently into your rectum (back passage).
- Remain lying down for a few minutes so that the suppository dissolves.
- Wash your hands thoroughly
Common Side Effects of Voltaren Suppositories (Diclofenac Sodium):
- Blurred vision
- Or ringing in the ears
- Skin itching or rash
- Stomach pain
- Upset stomach
Serious Side Effects of Voltaren Suppositories (Diclofenac Sodium):
- Back pain
- Cloudy, discolored, or bloody urine
- Difficult or painful urination
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Excessive tiredness
- Fast heartbeat
- Flu-like symptoms
- Lack of energy
- Loss of appetite
- Pain in the upper right part of the stomach
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the abdomen, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, lips, throat, arms, or hands
- Unexplained weight gain
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Forms and Strength
Voltaren Suppositories (Diclofenac Sodium) is available in the following forms and strength:
Diclofenac Suppositories: Suppository
- If you are allergic to diclofenac or any other NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs), you should not use Voltaren suppositories.
- People with heart or blood vessel problems, high blood pressure, or those who have had a stroke or heart attack in the past should use Voltaren suppositories with caution.
- Voltaren suppositories can cause stomach ulcers and bleeding, particularly in people who have previously had these problems. People with digestive problems or a history of gastrointestinal bleeding should be particularly cautious.
- Individuals with liver or kidney problems should use Voltaren suppositories with caution, as the drug may cause further damage to these organs.
- Voltaren suppositories should be used with caution during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as the safety of the drug has not been established for these populations.
- Voltaren suppositories may interact with other medications, including blood thinners and certain antidepressants. Inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medications you are taking before using Voltaren suppositories.
- Voltaren suppositories may cause asthma attacks or breathing difficulties, particularly in individuals who are allergic to aspirin.
- Skin irritation, redness, or itching may occur at the site of suppository insertion.
- Voltaren suppositories are not recommended for use in children under the age of 12, as their safety and efficacy have not been established for this population.
- Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Voltaren suppositories, including stomach bleeding and kidney problems.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Voltaren suppositories be used in children?
Voltaren suppositories are not recommended for use in children under 12 years old.
Can I use Voltaren suppositories with other medications?
Inform your doctor or pharmacist of all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, to avoid potential drug interactions.
Can I drive or operate machinery while using Voltaren suppositories?
Voltaren suppositories may cause dizziness or drowsiness, so you should avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how the medication affects you.
How long can I use Voltaren suppositories for?
The duration of treatment with Voltaren suppositories depends on the condition being treated and the severity of symptoms. Follow your doctor's instructions for use.
Are there any dietary restrictions while using Voltaren suppositories?
Take Voltaren suppositories with food to reduce the risk of stomach upset. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Voltaren as it may increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
It's important to purchase Voltaren Suppositories from verified Canadian pharmacy.