Brands Names: Voltaren, Aclonac
Price Range: $6.94 – $9.13
What is Voltaren Gel
Voltaren Gel is a topical solution for external use. It is prescribed for the symptomatic treatment of pain and inflammation in injured or damaged soft tissue, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can also be used for back pain caused by degenerative changes. It is effective for reducing pain and inflammation. It reduces swelling and bruising, thus helping the injured tissue to heal more quickly.
The main active ingredient in Voltaren Gel is Diclofenac. As a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, it blocks the production of prostaglandins, thus reducing pain and inflammation. The ointment form makes it convenient to use. It is not greasy and absorbed quickly by the skin to provide an analgesic effect.
Doctors prescribe Voltaren Gel for many injuries. It is commonly prescribed for pain management and to reduce inflammation caused by trauma or disease.
The following are indications for use:
- Rheumatoid arthritis, joint arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatism (at early and late stages),
- Degenerative spine conditions,
- Gout attacks,
- Renal and biliary colic,
- Pain caused by injury, post-surgery pain, disease,
- Respiratory infections (ear infections, pharyngitis, tonsillitis),
- Dislocations, bruises and sprains.
Voltaren Gel is available on the pharmaceutical market in different concentrations of One or two percent. It is available in 20 g, 50 g, and 100 g tubes.
Voltaren Gel has certain contraindications and limitations. It is not recommended for patients with severe kidney or liver dysfunctions, with chronic heart failure, gastritis, or ulcerative gastrointestinal lesions. It can be prescribed for pregnant women under the supervision of a doctor during the first or second trimesters. It is not recommended for breastfeeding women since the clinical research has not investigated such cases.
When using Voltaren Gel, some possible side effects include adverse topical reactions, including mild erythema, dermatitis, itching, swelling, and scaling. In some cases, clinical studies have noted dermatitis, while some patients have reported generalized skin rashes and angioedema.
To avoid an overdose, the medication should be used correctly. As it is a topical medicine for external use only, in the event of accidental ingestion, side effects and allergic reactions are possible. It is necessary to empty the stomach immediately by inducing vomiting and taking activated charcoal pills.
The drug is intended for external use only. It should be applied by rubbing it gently into the skin covering the affected and painful areas. The dosage of the gel depends on the size of the area. It is recommended to use the gel not more often than three to four times a day. The daily dose of the gel should not exceed 2-Four grams. A small amount of Voltaren Gel is sufficient to treat the injured area. Voltaren is a well-absorbed topical solution. It does not have a strong smell. It does not leave marks on clothing. A small tube will fit into a bag and can be taken to work to use during the day if needed.
It should not be applied to damaged skin or wounds. It should be massaged gently into the skin, avoiding the mouth, eyes, or damaged skin. Do not use bandages to cover the gel. Hands must be washed thoroughly after using the gel.
Doctors prescribe Voltaren Gel in different concentrations and for various durations depending on the patient’s condition. Treatment also depends on the severity of the inflammation. Voltaren Gel should be discontinued after 10-14 days of regular use or if there is no significant relief. Should this be the case, you should consult a doctor immediately to review the diagnosis and the prescription.