Also known as Diclofenac, this medicine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine or NSAID. This medicine is available as over the counter in certain countries. It is also supplied as potassium or sodium salt in some countries. This medicine is not for use in animals as it can harm the scavenging birds that devour departed animals. Veterinary use of this medicine is banned in many countries. The average cost of this medicine is 50 to 100 USD in the United States of America.
Uses of Voltarol
This medicine is used to reduce the substances in the body which cause pain and inflammation. It is used to treat mild to moderate pain and even in cases of osteoarthritis. Certain brands of this medicine are also used to treat menstrual cramps. Powder version of this medicine is used to treat migraine headache attack. This medicine will not prevent or reduce the headache attacks.
Side Effects of Voltarol
Voltarol can have certain side effects. These side effects may differ from people to people. If you have any signs of allergic reaction to this medicine or to any of the active components of this medicine, then stop using this medicine and get immediate medical help. Let us look at some of the common side effects of this medicine.
- Swelling in the arm or legs
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased sweating
- Stuffy nose
- Stomach pain
In case you have any of the below side effects then contact your doctor and stop using the medicine immediately.
- Signs of heart attack or stroke
- Sudden numbness
- Sudden weakness
- Short of breath
- Slurred speech
- Signs of skin rash
- Rapid weight gain
- Stomach bleeding
- Bloody stools
- Coughing up blood
- Upper stomach pain
- Little or no urination
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- High blood pressure
- Severe headache
- Nose bleeding
- Sore throat
- Swelling of the face or tongue
- Burning sensation in the eyes
Contraindications of Voltarol
This medicine is not for people with a history of heart attacks or stroke. Also if you are allergic to aspirin or any NSAID`s drugs then do not use this medicine. It should be noted that this medicine can increase the chances of serious heart attack or stroke in people who use it for a long period or take high sum of this medicine. This medicine should not be used before and after heart bypass surgery. It can also cause stomach bleeding which can be deadly especially in older adults. Discuss your medical history with your doctor, especially if you have any type of heart disease, high cholesterol, blood clot, if you smoke, history of heart attack, high blood pressure, history of stomach ulcers, kidney or liver disease, fluid retention and asthma. Anyone younger than 18 years should not use this medicine.
Pregnancy and Voltarol
Taking this medicine during the last three months of pregnancy can harm the fetus. Discuss the same with your doctor before using this medicine during pregnancy or if you become pregnant. It is known if this medicine can pass into the breast milk or if it can harm a nursing baby.
The drug is used to treat pain and inflammation to tendons, muscles, joints and ligaments. It is also administered for reducing fever.
Take Voltarol with meal to prevent any stomach upset. Antacids that contain magnesium should not be taken with Voltarol.
Do not go for a double dosage if you have missed one. Well, if you remember it in time, you can take it. If it is time for the next dosage, leave the missed one and continue with the regular dosage.
When taking Voltarol, one can have dizziness. It can worsen if the drug is mixed with alcohol or some other medication. Better not drive after taking the drug. You have to consult the doctor if the symptom persists.