Brands Names: Voltaren, Aclonac, Cambia, Solaraze, Zipsor, Pennsaid, Cataflam, Flector and Dyloject
Drug Class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents
Voltaren Gel 1%
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Voltaren Gel is a topical solution for external use. It is prescribed for symptomatic treatment of pain and inflammation in injured or damaged soft tissues and muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can also be used for back pain caused degenerative changes. It is effective in reducing pain and inflammation. It reduces swelling and bruising helping the injured tissue to heal faster.
The main active ingredient of Voltaren Gel is diclofenac. As a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, it blocks the production of prostaglandins reducing pain and inflammation. The ointment form makes it convenient to use. It is not greasy and it quickly absorbed by the skin to provide an analgesic effect.
The doctors prescribe Voltaren Gel in many cases. Most commonly it is prescribed for pain management and inflammation reduction caused by trauma or diseases.
There are following 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, diseases,
- Respiratory infections (ear infection, pharyngitis, tonsillitis),
- Dislocations, bruises and sprains.
Voltaren Gel is available on the pharmaceutical market in different concentrations of 1% or 2%. The tube size varies from 20 g, 50 g to 100 g.
Voltaren Gel has some 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 to pregnant women under the supervision of doctor during the first or second trimesters. It is not recommended for breastfeeding women since the clinical research did not cover such cases.
When using Voltaren some possible side affect including adverse reactions in the place of application of the drug including mild erythema, dermatitis, itching, swelling and scaling. In some cases, clinical studies registered dermatitis. Some patients reported generalized skin rash and angioedema.
To avoid an overdose, properly use the medicine. Remember, it is a topical medicine for external use only. In case of accidental ingestion, the side affects and allergic reactions are possible. It is necessary to pump the stomach immediately by inducing vomiting and taking activated charcoal pills.
The drug is intended for external use only. Gently apply and rub it into the skin of the affected and painful areas. The dosage of the gel depends on the size of the area. It is recommended to use the gel no more that 3-4 times a day. The daily dose of the gel should not exceed 2-4 grams per day. A small amount of Voltaren Gel is enough to treat the injured area. Voltaren is well absorbed topical solution. It doesn’t 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 in the middle of the day if needed.
It should be applied to damaged skin or wounds. It should be rubbed gently with massage movements. Keep it away from mouth, eyes or damaged skin. Do not use bandages over the the gel. After using gel, you must thoroughly wash your hands.
Doctors prescribe the Voltaren Gel in different concenrtations and for various durations depending on the condition of the patient Treatment also depends on severity of the inflammation. It is recommended to discontinue the Voltaren Gel after 10-14 days of regular use of if there is no significant relief. In this case, you should immediately consult a doctor to review the diagnosis and the prescription.