Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium)
What is Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) used for?
Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) is a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) prescribed to treat soft tissue rheumatism, joint pain caused by osteoarthritis, or inflammation caused by injuries such as sprains or strains. The medication prevents the actions of chemicals that cause swelling, pain, and irritation associated with these conditions. Your physician may also prescribe the gel to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium)?
Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) is normally applied two to four times each day, but your individual instructions will be determined by your physician after observing your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. To administer the medication wash and dry the site being treated, put a thin layer of gel onto the affected area, and gently massage it into the skin. Allow any excess gel to evaporate. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before and after each use to prevent the medicine from contacting other areas not being treated or the mucous membranes. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct application.
What are the side effects of Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium)?
Some patients using Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) have reported experiencing side effects including:
Tell your physician immediately if you experience symptoms that worry you or if more serious side effects appear such as sensitive skin, any sign of a skin rash, sore throat, chest pain, trouble breathing, weight gain, urinary retention, confusion, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. These conditions may require emergency medical attention or adjustments to your regimen to prevent further complications from occurring.
Do not use Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium) if you are in the third trimester of pregnancy, using other diclofenac mediations, or if you have had a bad reaction to aspirin or other NSAID medications. Also inform your physician if you have a history of ulcers, asthma, or allergies as these conditions may cause unexpected complications. Never apply the gel to skin that is broken or severely damaged. It is also important to keep it from contacting mucous membranes such as the eyes, ears, or mouth as this may cause serious health problems.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Voltaren Emulgel (Diclofenac Sodium). 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.