Voltaren is prescribed for the treatment of pain and inflammation that accompanies conditions like arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.
However, your doctor may also prescribe Voltaren for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Voltaren
The ideal way to use Voltaren is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Voltaren may be taken with or without a meal.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Voltaren is an NSAID that inhibits the secretion of certain pain and inflammation causing hormones by the body’s defense mechanism in reaction to conditions like arthritis.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Voltaren to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Voltaren between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Voltaren in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Voltaren if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Voltaren if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), you have had a severe allergic reaction (e.g., severe rash, hives, breathing difficulties, dizziness) to another NSAID (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib) or aspirin.
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Voltaren as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Voltaren as Voltaren may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Voltaren is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Voltaren can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking other NSAIDs.
Voltaren may affect your blood sugar level so please monitor your blood sugar under the supervision of your doctor.
Please maintain caution while using Voltaren in children as the safety as well as effectiveness of Voltaren in these patients are yet to be ascertained.
Please remember that Voltaren does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases like HIV or against an unwanted pregnancy.