Diclofenac belongs to a class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This medication is used to reduce inflammation and, as an analgesic, to reduce pain in conditions such as arthritis or acute injury. It can also be used to lessen menstrual pain, dysmenorrhea.
Dosage and direction
Take Voltaren by mouth with a glass of water, with or without food. Avoid cutting, crushing or chewing this medicine. Do not take the medicine more often than it is prescribed. Do not give up taking it except on the advice of your doctor. It may need time for medicine to help. Consult your doctor concerning the proper dose for you.
Before taking Voltarol to tell your doctor or chemist if you are allergic to it; or if you have other allergies. Voltaren, like other NSAIDs, can inhibit the excretion of sodium and lithium. Be cautious when using this drug along with lithium supplements. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking while being treated with this medication. Aged people can be more sensitive to the side effects of the medicine. Inform your doctor if you have Parkinson's disease, kidney or liver disease, high blood pressure; if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Voltaren should not be used by patients with sodium-sensitive hypertension as well as by patients having demonstrated a reaction of hypersensitivity to it.
Possible side effect
The most common side effects are dry mouth, dizziness, irritability, sedation, insomnia, urinary retention, etc. A very serious allergic reaction rarely occurs. Many people using this medicine do not have serious side effects. Turn to your doctor or pharmacist for more details. In case you notice the effects not listed here, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use before using this medication. Voltaren can interact with: * NSAIDs of the salicylate family (Aspirin) * anticoagulants. Turn to your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
If you have missed your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you see that it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take your dose twice.
If you think you have used too much of this medicine seek emergency medical attention right away. The symptoms of overdose usually include chest pain, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and feeling light-headed or fainting.
Store your medicines at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store your drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.