Drug Class: What is Voltaren and why is it prescribed?
Voltaren Mechanism: How does Voltaren work?
Voltaren Dosage: How should you take Voltaren
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Voltaren
Special information on Voltaren
Voltaren side effects
|Drug Class: What is Voltaren and why is it prescribed?|
|Generic Voltaren is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, abdominal cramps associated with menstruation and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis and stiffness of the spine).
Generic Voltaren works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Generic Voltaren-XR, the extended-release form of Generic Voltaren, is used only for long-term treatment.
|Voltaren Mechanism: How does Voltaren work?|
|Generic Voltaren contains the active ingredient diclofenac sodium, which is a type of medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). All the medicines in the NSAID group reduce inflammation caused by the body\'s own immune system and are effective painkillers.
Generic Voltaren works by blocking the action of a substance in the body called cyclo-oxygenase. Cyclo-oxygenase is involved in the production of various chemicals in the body, some of which are known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are produced by the body in response to injury and certain diseases and they go on to cause the pain, swelling and inflammation of these conditions. Arthritic conditions are one example of this.
As Generic Voltaren stops the body producing these inflammatory prostaglandins, it relieves the associated pain and inflammation.
Generic Voltaren is used to relieve pain and inflammation in a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, gout, sprains, fractures, dislocations, back pain, tendinitis and frozen shoulder. It is also used to relieve pain and inflammation following dental, orthopedic (bone) and other minor surgery.
|Voltaren Dosage: How should you take Voltaren|
|Take Generic Voltaren with food, milk, or an antacid to minimise stomach upset and related side effects. However this may delay onset of relief.
Also do not lie down for about 20 minutes after taking Generic Voltaren. This will help prevent irritation in your upper digestive tract.
People with rheumatoid arthritis should not take more than 225 milligrams a day.
Pain and menstrual discomfort
If you miss a Generic Voltaren dose
Generic Voltaren Overdose
Symptoms of a Generic Voltaren overdose may include
Generic Voltaren Storage instructions
Generic Voltaren Preparations:
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Voltaren|
|Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicines, including those bought over-the-counter and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with Generic Voltaren. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before you take any new medicines while you are taking Generic Voltaren.
Generic Voltaren may increase the blood levels of the following medicines:
People taking Generic Voltaren with any of the above should be closely monitored by their doctor.
There may be an increased risk of bleeding if Generic Voltaren is taken with blood-thinning or anti-clotting medicines (anticoagulants) such as warfarin. People taking Generic Voltaren with an anticoagulant should be closely monitored by their doctor.
There may be an increased risk of side effects such as stomach irritation if Generic Voltaren is taken with corticosteroids such as prednisolone.
Generic Voltaren should not be taken with any other NSAID, eg ibuprofen, as this increases the risk of side effects, particularly on the gut.
Ciclosporin may increase the blood level of Generic Voltaren, and your doctor may prescribe a lower than normal dose of Generic Voltaren if you are taking cyclosporine.
There may be an increased risk of side effects on the kidneys if Generic Voltaren is taken with any of the following medicines:
Generic Voltaren may reduce the blood pressure lowering effects of diuretics such as frusemide.
There may potentially be an increased risk of seizures if Generic Voltaren is taken together with quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin.
|Special information on Voltaren|
|Most Important Fact about Generic Voltaren
You should have frequent checkups with your doctor if you take Generic Voltaren regularly.
Ulcers or internal bleeding can occur without warning.
Generic Voltaren precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Special warnings about Generic Voltaren
People with impaired kidney, liver or heart function who are taking Generic Voltaren should have their kidney function monitored.
During long-term treatment, routine blood tests are recommended to monitor kidney function, liver function and levels of blood components, particularly in the elderly.
Generic Voltaren may mask the signs and symptoms of infection. This may make you think mistakenly that an infection is getting better when it isn\'t, or that an infection is less serious than it is. For this reason you should tell your doctor if you get an infection while you are taking Generic Voltaren.
It is important that people with a history of disorders affecting the stomach or intestines are closely monitored by a doctor while taking Generic Voltaren, particularly if elderly. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience side effects such as stomach pain, indigestion, heartburn or signs of bleeding in the stomach or intestines, eg blood in the stools, while taking Generic Voltaren.
Close medical supervision is important in people suffering from severe impairment of liver function
Why Generic Voltaren should not be prescribed?
|Voltaren side effects|
More common side effects of Generic Voltaren may include:
Rare side effects of Generic Voltaren may include:
signs of bleeding from the stomach –
signs of an allergic reaction –
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