What is Voltaren Emulgel used for?
Voltaren gel contains the active ingredient diclofenac. Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (also called an NSAID). Voltaren gel works to reduce substances in the body that cause inflammation and pain. Voltaren gel is prescribed for the treatment of joint pain caused by osteoarthritis in the wrists, hands, knees, elbows, hands, feet, or ankles. Voltaren gel may not be especially effective in treating arthritis pain in other locations in the body.
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How to Use Voltaren Emulgel?
Always use Voltaren gel exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Carefully read and follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use Voltaren gel in larger or smaller amounts than recommended. Use the lowest dose that effectively treats your condition.
Read the patient information leaflet as well as the medication guides you get each time you refill your prescription.
When applying Voltaren gel, if you’re not treating your hands, wash them after applying the gel. Wait approximately 10 minutes after application to get dressed or wear gloves, and wait around an hour to bathe or shower.
Do not apply Voltaren gel on an open wound or on areas of rash, infection, peeling skin, infection, or burn. Do not cover skin treated with Voltaren gel with a bandage or expose it to the heat from a sauna, heating pad, or hot tub. If you heat or bandage the treated area, it can increase the amount of diclofenac that gets absorbed through your skin.
To treat pain from osteoarthritis with Voltaren gel you will be supplied with dosing cards to show you how much gel should be utilized for a 2 or 4 gram dose. Squeeze the gel onto this card along the line of your dose. Do not use more gel than will fit on the length of the dosing line. Use the card to apply the Voltaren gel to your skin and then rub it in with your hands gently.
Voltaren Emulgel Drug Interactions?
In some instances two medications may interact with each other in such a way that increases side effects or alters how the medication works within the body.
Voltaren gel interacts with the following drugs:
This list of drugs that interact with Voltaren gel is not exhaustive. Always provide your doctor with an up-to-date list of the medications you take. This list should include your prescription and non-prescription medications as well as any vitamins or herbal products you are taking. If you have further questions about drug interactions you can reach out to our pharmacists for counselling at 1-844-416-4282.
What are Side Effects of Voltaren Emulgel?
As well as the regular effects of Voltaren gel, diclofenac (the active ingredient) may cause undesirable, negative side effects. Although you will not encounter all of these side effects, they may require medical attention if you do.
If the following Voltaren gel side effects occur talk to your doctor immediately:
- Burning, skin rash, swelling, soreness, itching, or redness, at the application site
- Itching skin
- Blood in the urine
- Chest pain
- Dry, itching, or burning eyes
- Eye pain
- Headaches, including migraines
- Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
- Pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- Redness of the skin
- Redness or swelling of the eyes
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Skin rash other than at the application site
- Sore throat
- Tightness in the chest
- Troubled breathing
- Ulcers or sores on the skin, other than at the application site
There are some side effects of Voltaren gel that do not need medical attention if they occur. These side effects will usually go away during treatment once your body has adjusted to the medication. Your health care professional may also be able to help you avoid these side effects. Talk to your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue, or if you have questions about them:
- General feeling of discomfort or illness
- Joint pain
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches and pains
- Scaly, thick, or tingling skin
- Trouble sleeping
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Back pain
- Bleeding skin
- Increase in body movements
- Lack or loss of strength
- Loss of or change in taste
- Loss or thinning of the hair
- Neck pain
- Sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- Stomach upset or pain
This is not a complete list of Voltaren gel side effects. If you notice any side effects that are not listed above contact your doctor immediately.