Voltaren-XR

Generic Name: Diclofenac

  • What is Voltaren-XR?

    Voltaren XR is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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

    Voltaren XR and other 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 XR and other NSAIDs can cause stomach discomfort. Rarely, serious ulcers and internal bleeding in the stomach and intestines can occur without warning and result in hospitalization or even death at any time during treatment. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience stomach pain, indigestion, or bloody vomit or stools.

    Stop using Voltaren XR 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 XR.

  • Who should not take Voltaren-XR?

    Do not use Voltaren XR if you had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction to aspirin or any other NSAID medicine.

    Never use Voltaren XR 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-XR?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Voltaren XR. 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, or if you smoke or drink alcohol. Also, tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are 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.

    Osteoarthritis

    Adults: The recommended dose is 100 milligrams (mg) once daily.

    Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Adults: The recommended dose is 100 mg once daily. Your doctor may increase your dose to 100 mg twice daily if needed.

  • How should I take Voltaren-XR?

    Use Voltaren XR exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You should use Voltaren XR at the lowest dose and for the shortest duration of time needed for relief of your symptoms.

  • What should I avoid while taking Voltaren-XR?

    Avoid the use of alcohol while taking this medication. Do not take aspirin or other NSAIDs while taking Voltaren XR. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter products that may contain aspirin or other NSAIDs.

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

    If Voltaren XR is taken 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 XR with the following: ACE inhibitors, alcohol, aspirin, cyclosporine, furosemide, lithium, or warfarin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Voltaren-XR?

    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: abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, heartburn, nausea, stomach bleeding or ulcers, vomiting, kidney dysfunction, anemia, dizziness, fluid retention, headaches, itching, rashes, ringing in the ears

  • Can I receive Voltaren-XR if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not use Voltaren XR in the last 3 months of your pregnancy. Voltaren XR 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-XR?

    Voltaren XR is used for the relief of your signs and symptoms. If you miss a dose and feel symptomatic, take your next dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Voltaren-XR?

    Store at room temperature.

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