Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium)
What is Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) used for?
Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) is a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat swelling, pain, or inflammation of joints or muscles caused by injuries, sprains, or strains. The medication prevents the action of enzymes in the body that cause the symptoms associated with these conditions to increase comfort and ease of movement. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium)?
Always follow your doctor`s instructions while using Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) to get the most effective results from treatment. A small amount of gel is normally administered to the affected area two times daily, but your individual instructions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. It is recommended to rinse the area being treated before application to remove any dirt or loose skin. Administer a thin layer of gel to the area, gently massage it into the skin, and allow the area to remain uncovered so that any excess medication may evaporate. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water following each administration to prevent the gel from contacting any areas not being treated or mucous membranes.
What are the side effects of Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium)?
Side effects that may occur while using Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) include:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are chest pain, trouble breathing, sensitive skin, easier bruising, fever, flu symptoms, darkened urine, discoloured stools, or any sign of a skin rash, no matter how mild. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any symptoms that worry you to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your application frequency to prevent more health complications from occurring.
Do not begin using Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) if you are in the third trimester of pregnancy, under the age of fourteen, taking other medications containing diclofenac, or if you are taking other NSAID medications. You are also suggested to inform your doctor if you have a history of stomach ulcers or a history of asthma or allergies as these conditions may cause unexpected problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.