Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium)
What is Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium) used for?
Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium) is an oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat a wide variety of inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout. The medication blocks the actions of enzymes in the body that cause pain and swelling to reduce irritation, increase comfort, and allow easier movement. Your doctor may also recommend its use for the treatment of other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium)?
Follow your doctor`s instructions while using Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium) to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is typically taken daily, but your individual instructions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. The tablets should be swallowed whole along with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is recommended before use if you get an upset stomach. Never change the form of the tablets by splitting or crushing them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium)?
Some patients using Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) have reported experiencing side effects including:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are chest pain, coughing, unusual weight gain, urinary retention, sensitive skin, easier bruising, fever, flu symptoms, severe headaches, numbness, darkened urine, discoloured stools, or a serious skin rash that is blistering or peeling. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying symptoms to make sure the correct alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium) should not be used to treat patients who are in the third trimester of pregnancy, allergic to NSAID medications, who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments, or who have heart failure, an active peptic ulcer, cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, severe liver failure, severe kidney failure, or a history of internal bleeding caused by NSAID medications. These conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium) 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 (Diclofenac Potassium) 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.