Voltaren may increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it in the long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Even people without heart disease or risk factors may have a stroke or heart attack while taking this medication.
Do not use Voltaren just before or after cardiac bypass surgery (coronary bypass, or CABG).
You should not use Voltaren if you are allergic to diclofenac, or if you have ever had an asthma attack or a severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID.
To make sure it is safe for you, before you are going to use Voltaren (Diclofenac) tell your doctor if you have:
- Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or if you smoke;
- A history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot;
- A history of stomach ulcers or bleeding;
- Hepatic or renal disease;
- Fluid retention.
Taking Voltaren during the last 3 months of pregnancy may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether diclofenac passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medicine.
Voltaren is not approved for use by persons under 18 years of age.
Tell your doctor about all of your current medications and any medications you start or stop using if you are going to use Voltaren (Diclofenac), especially:
- Antifungal medicine;
- An anticoagulant (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven);
- Medication for heart or blood pressure, including a diuretic or “water pill”;
- Other forms of diclofenac (Flector, Pennsaid, Solaraze, Gel Voltaren);
- Other NSAIDs: aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib (Celebrex), indomethacin, meloxicam and others; or
- Steroids (prednisone and others).
This list is not complete. Other drugs can interact with diclofenac, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Take Voltaren exactly as your doctor has told you. Follow your doctor’s instructions about how much medicine to take.
Follow all instructions on the recipe label. Your doctor may change your dose from time to time. Do not take Voltaren in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Use the lowest dose that is effective in treating your condition.
Do not crush, chew, or break a Voltaren XR extended-release tablet. Swallow the tablet whole.
If you use Voltaren over the long term, you may need frequent medical tests.
Voltaren tablets I needed after a shoulder injury. The doctor prescribed other drugs, but it turned out to be very expensive. But Voltaren’s effect is very similar, but only 50 cents per tablet.
The instruction says that these pills help to relieve pain all day or all night, so I take them 2 times a day, in the morning and in the evening.
Tablets are small, easy to swallow and well digested. Contraindications are the most usual, individual intolerance of components of you shouldn’t have problems with the liver and kidneys etc.
Now I’m only concerned about one thing: how long should I take these pills? After taking the pack for 10 days, I tried to do without them. Pain immediately returned. Therefore, the treatment time for today is not determined.
When I again had an exacerbation of osteochondrosis, I could not even turn my head because of severe pain. To sustain this was impossible, so I began to use all the gels in a row, including with warming effect. But when I finally got to the surgeon, he said that these were only distractions and he assigned Voltaren. I took this drug for a week and gradually the pain in my spine and muscles subsided. I read the instruction and understood that Voltaren is only one of the names of the med with an active substance – Diclofenac, which is part of other, much more expensive medicines. Therefore, you can buy Voltaren without a doubt, it is profitable and effective. But consult before this with your doctor.