Voltaren Gel is an NSAID used to treat joint pains caused by Osteoarthritis, Arthritis in the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, or feet. Get to know how Voltaren Gel works, its side effects, precautions, and contraindications where Voltaren Gel is not suggested.
When is Voltaren gel good option for you and when not?
Voltaren Gel may be a good option if:
- You have arthritis in smaller joints
- You are older than 65
- You want to avoid pills
Voltaren Gel may not be a good option if:
- You also take oral NSAIDs
- You have several affected joints
Voltaren Gel Uses
Voltaren Gel is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions, and symptoms:
- Acute pain
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Muscle pain
- Voltaren Gel is prescribed for the relief of the pain of osteoarthritis of joints amenable to topical treatment, such as the knees and those of the hands.
- Voltaren Gel has not been evaluated for use on the shoulder, hip or spine.
Voltaren Gel Side-effects
The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Voltaren Gel. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
Common Voltaren Gel side effects may include:
- Nausea, vomiting, indigestion, gas, stomach pain
- Itching increased sweating
- Increased blood pressure
- Swelling or pain in your arms or legs
- Diarrhea, constipation
- Headache, drowsiness, dizziness
- Stuffy nose
Contraindications for Voltaren Gel
Voltaren Gel should not be used if you have the following conditions:
Avoid if you have allergy to Voltaren Gel or other Diclofenac
Voltaren Gel is contraindicated if you are diagnosed with asthma or other respiratory complications.
If you are suffering from any bleeding disorder Voltaren Gel is not recommended for you. It could cause severe swelling and bleed in the intestines, stomach, and anus.
CABG (coronary artery bypass graft)
Voltaren Gel is not recommended for relieving pain after you have undergone CABG.
Before using Voltaren Gel
If you use this Voltaren Gel for long-term or take high doses it can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you have heart disease. Even people without heart disease or risk factors could have a stroke or heart attack while using Voltaren Gel.
Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (CABG, or coronary artery bypass graft).
Voltaren Gel may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using Voltaren Gel, especially in older adults.
You should not use Voltaren Gel if you are allergic to Diclofenac (Cataflam, Flector, Voltaren, and others), or if you have ever had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID.
To make sure Voltaren Gel is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- Heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or if you smoke
- A history of stomach ulcers or bleeding
- A history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot
- Liver or kidney disease
Using Voltaren Gel during the last Three months of pregnancy may harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not confirmed that Diclofenac topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm the infant. While using Voltaren Gel you should not breastfeed. Voltaren Gel is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
Voltaren Gel Precautions & How to Use
Before using Voltaren Gel, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. herbal supplements, vitamins, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side effects of the drug. Take this medicine as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product box. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.
- Do not take by mouth. Consult with your doctor before using this medicine on open wounds, dry, chapped, sunburned skin, or irritated.
- Wash your hands before and after applying Voltaren Gel. Clean and dry the skin area to be treated.
- Do not wash the treated area after immediately applying Voltaren Also, avoid the use of other products on the treated area unless directed by your doctor.
- Applying an excessive amount of this gel may result in pilling. Use a lesser or thinner layer quantity of medicine to avoid pilling.
- Avoid getting this gel in your mouth, eyes or nose.
Dosage of Voltaren Gel
Use lowest effective dose for shortest duration. Use dosing card to apply the gel.
Upper extremities (elbows, wrists, hands):
Apply 2g to the affected area Four times daily; max: 8g/day. Total max dose over all affected joints: 32g/day.
Lower extremities (knees, ankles, and feet):
Apply 4g to the affected area Four times daily; max: 16g/day.
Voltaren Gel is not recommended for children.
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Dr. Kaleem Mohammed graduated as a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014 from Deccan College of Physiotherapy, affiliated to Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, India. Dr. Kaleem is an expert at handling physiotherapy needs of patients suffering from orthopedic and spinal conditions and post-surgery rehabilitation. Dr. Kaleem is associated with HealthClues since its inception where he facilitates diagnosis and advanced consultation with senior doctors. He is also a medical researcher and prolific writer who loves sharing insightful commentaries and useful tips to educate the patient community about fitness, treatment options, and post-treatment recovery.