Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium)
What is Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium) used for?
Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium) is an oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) prescribed to treat patients suffering from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. The medication inhibits the actions of enzymes that cause swelling, pain, and irritation in response to injuries. This may also make it useful for treating other conditions such as backaches, toothaches, dysmenorrhea, or mild pain caused by injury. Your physician may prescribe it for other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium)?
Always follow your physician's directions while using Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium) to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is typically taken once or twice each day, but your particular regimen will depend on the condition being treated and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow these doses with a full glass of water to aid absorption. They may be taken with or without food, but a meal or snack is recommended before use if you experience an upset stomach. It is not recommended to lie down within ten minutes of taking the medication to prevent faintness. Never crush, split, or chew the tablets before use to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium)?
The use of Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
More serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include sensitive skin, stiff muscles, seizures, chest pain, severe skin rash, unusual weight gain, urinary retention, coughing up blood, vomit resembling coffee grounds, darkened urine, or discolored stools. Immediately tell your physician about any symptoms you experience that are intense or worrying to you to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage to prevent further complications.
Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium) should not be used if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking anticoagulant medications, taking other NSAID medications, or if you have severe heart failure, severe kidney failure, severe liver failure, or if you have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also inform your physician if you are a smoker or have heart failure, diabetes, ischematic heart disease, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, history of asthma, history of allergies, low potassium levels, high cholesterol, history of intestinal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, clotting disorders, hepatic porphyria, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may cause complications during treatment requiring adjustments to your dosage.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Voltaren (Diclofenac Potassium). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.