This medication is useful in treating pain, inflammation and swelling. Voltaren is also referred to as Diclofenac in the medical industry.

How it works

Voltaren belongs to a class of drugs known as NSAIDs. These medications work reducing pain in various parts of the body.


The drug is primarily used to treat a number of chronic conditions such as arthritis. Voltaren is also useful in treating various other pain conditions such as dental pain, muscle aches and pain after surgery or child birth. However, if you are looking for quick pain relief, this medication might not be effective.


This drug should be taken with a full glass of water. If you experience upset stomach when taking this medication, you can consume Voltaren with food, milk or even an anti-acid. However, doing so can delay pain relief.

Once you take this medication, avoid lying down for at least 10 minutes. Do not bite or chew the tablet since it can destroy the special coating. This can increase the risk of side effects. The dosage must only be determined by your physician since it will be based on your age and the severity of your medical condition. It is safer to start with a low dosage and increase it gradually since doing so can reduce the risk of side effects.

For certain medical conditions, it might take some time for the drug to work. Therefore, be patient. Do not increase the dosage without consulting your physician. Doing so will not influence the medication to work sooner.

Side effects

Consuming Voltaren can influence you to experience certain undesirable side effects such as:

Upset stomach

It is also possible for you to experience some complicated side effects such as:

Unexplained weight gain
Liver damage
Mood changes
Ringing in the ears
Painful swallowing
Unusual tiredness

In the event of any of the above, make sure to reach out for immediate medical assistance.


It is essential for you to adhere to the following safety tips to ensure that you will not experience the above side effects.

Speak to your physician well ahead if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication.
Inform your physician about your medical history. This includes other illnesses you are currently suffering from.
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
Do not drive or engage with machinery since this medication can make you drowsy.
Do not mix alcoholic beverages with this medication since it can increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
Avoid prolonged sun exposure since consuming this medication can make you extra sensitive to the sun.
Carefully measure the doses when giving this medication to older adults since they are more vulnerable to side effects such as stomach bleeding.


If you become or plan on becoming pregnant during the course of the treatment, it is important for you to have a discussion with your physician. You will need to speak about the benefits and risks of taking this drug during the period of pregnancy.

This drug can be passed to a child via breast milk. However, it does not cause any negative impacts among children. Regardless, it is best to avoid nursing during the treatment period to stay safe.

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