Voltaren Gel

Generic Name: Diclofenac

  • What is Voltaren Gel?

    Voltaren Gel is used to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis in joints that are able to be treated with topical treatment, such as the knees and those of the hands.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Voltaren Gel?

    Voltaren Gel and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may increase the risk of developing serious life-threatening heart or circulation problems, such as heart attack or stroke, which can lead to hospitalization or even death, especially with prolonged use and in patients with heart disease. These may occur without warning signs, so tell your doctor immediately if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or weakness.

    Voltaren Gel and other NSAIDs can cause stomach discomfort and rarely, serious ulcers and internal bleeding in the stomach and intestines that can occur without warning and result in hospitalization or even death at any time during treatment. Be alert and tell your doctor immediately if you experience stomach pain, indigestion, or bloody vomit or stool.

    Stop using Voltaren Gel immediately and contact your doctor if you experience skin rash or blisters with fever, unexplained weight gain or fluid retention, yellowing of the skin or eyes, "flu-like" symptoms, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face or throat while using Voltaren Gel.

  • Who should not take Voltaren Gel?

    Do not use Voltaren Gel if you had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction to aspirin or any other NSAID medicine. Never use Voltaren Gel for pain before or after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Voltaren Gel?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Voltaren Gel. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any known allergies to NSAIDs, have a history of asthma, liver or kidney problems, heart failure, high blood pressure, fluid retention, stomach ulcers or internal bleeding, blood or clotting disorders, if you smoke or drink alcohol, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    The maximum recommended dosage of Voltaren Gel is 32 grams (g) per day.

    Knees, Ankles, and Feet

    Adults: The recommended dose is 4 g to the affected area four times daily. Do not apply more than 16 g daily to any single joint of the knees, ankles, or feet.

    Elbows, Wrists, and Hands

    Adults: The recommended dose is 2 g to the affected area four times daily. Do not apply more than 8 g daily to any single joint of the elbows, wrists, or hands.

  • How should I take Voltaren Gel?

    Use Voltaren Gel exactly as prescribed. Apply the gel to clean, dry skin using the dosing card to measure out the prescribed amount. Use your hands to gently rub the gel into the skin. If applying the gel to your hands, wait 1 hour to wash your hands after application.

  • What should I avoid while taking Voltaren Gel?

    Do not apply Voltaren Gel to open wounds and avoid contact with your eyes, nose, mouth, or ears. Do not use heating pads or apply bandages to where you have applied Voltaren Gel. Do not use sunscreens, cosmetics, lotions, moisturizers, insect repellants, or other topical products on the same skin area where the gel is applied, and do not expose the skin where the gel is applied to sunlight and artificial lights. Avoid using other NSAIDs, as this may increase side effects. Do not wear any clothes or gloves for at least 10 minutes after application of Voltaren Gel.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Voltaren Gel?

    If Voltaren Gel is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Voltaren Gel with the following: ACE inhibitors, anticoagulants, aspirin, cyclosporine, corticosteroids, diuretics, lithium, methotrexate, other NSAIDs taken by mouth, and other topical treatments (sunscreens, lotions, cosmetics) at the same skin site.

  • What are the possible side effects of Voltaren Gel?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: application-site reactions (skin inflammation, rash), allergic reactions, high blood pressure, asthma attacks in people who have asthma, stomach pain, diarrhea, gas

  • Can I receive Voltaren Gel if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not use Voltaren Gel in the last 3 months of your pregnancy. Voltaren Gel may appear in breast milk and could affect a breastfeeding baby. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment is finished. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Voltaren Gel?

    If you miss a dose of Voltaren Gel, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Voltaren Gel?

    Store at room temperature.

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