What is Voltaren Forte?
Voltaren Emulgel gel contains the active ingredient diclofenac topically, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can reduce the level of a substance in the body that causes inflammation and pain. Voltaren gel is used to treat joint pain caused by osteoarthritis of the hands, wrists, elbows, knees or feet. Voltaren gel may not be effective in treating osteoarthritis pain in other areas of the body.
Tips to consider before using Voltaren Gel
Voltaren gel can increase the risk of fatal stroke or fatal heart attack, especially if used for a long time, in high doses, or if you already have a history of heart disease. Although even those who do not have heart disease or no risk factors for it may still have a stroke or heart attack while taking Voltaren gel. Do not take this medicine just before or after bypass surgery.
You should not use Voltaren gel if you have a history of allergies to diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, etc.). You are not medicine.
To ensure the safety of Voltaren gel, tell your doctor if any of the following apply to you:
Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or smoking
History of heart attack, stroke or thrombosis (blood clot)
History of bleeding or stomach ulcer
Liver or kidney disease
Edema (fluid retention)
Using Voltaren gel during the last trimester of pregnancy may harm the fetus. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
It is not known whether topical diclofenac is able to penetrate breast milk or whether it may harm the infant. Therefore, you should not breast-feed your baby while taking this medicine without your doctor’s approval.
Voltaren gel has not been approved for use in people under 18 years of age.
How to use Voltaren gel
Use Voltaren gel exactly as your doctor advised.
Do not take more than the recommended amount or for a longer period of time.
It is best to use the lowest dose that is effective in treating your condition.
Read the package leaflet carefully. Ask your doctor for advice if you have any questions or concerns.
Wash your hands after using Voltaren gel, unless the treated area is your hands. Wait at least 10 minutes, then get dressed. Wait at least 1 hour before bathing or showering.
Avoid taking this medicine on cut areas of skin, infected areas, rashes, burns or scaly areas. Do not bandage the skin of the treated area or expose it to heat from a hot compress or sauna. Heat or bandages can increase the amount of skin absorption of the drug.
Method of measuring drug dosage
Voltaren gel comes with a dosing card to help you measure the dose of the medicine. (According to the doctor’s prescription, a dose of 2 grams or a dose of 4 grams is usually required)
Measure the desired dose according to the doctor’s prescription, according to the rating of the tape marked on the card. Never consume more than what is specified. After measuring the dose of the drug, rub the gel on the card, directly on the treated areas and then gently massage the skin.
Do not do the following while taking Voltaren gel
Do not use cosmetics, sunscreen, lotions, insect repellents, or any other topical medications on areas treated with Voltaren gel.
Avoid exposing the treated skin to heat and sunlight.
Avoid contact of Voltaren gel with areas near the eyes, nose, or mouth. If this happens by accident, rinse the area with plenty of water. If you notice any irritation lasting more than 1 hour, call your doctor right away.
Avoid drinking alcohol. Because alcohol consumption during the use of Voltaren gel increases the risk of gastric bleeding.
Avoid aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during treatment with Voltaren gel.
Before taking any analgesic, allergy, or cold medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of taking it with Voltaren gel. Many over-the-counter medications contain aspirin or similar drugs or diclofenac. Concomitant use of certain drug combinations together can cause drug poisoning. To be sure, it is best to check the ingredients listed on the medications to make sure how much aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen or naproxen they contain.
Possible side effects of Voltaren gel
Although the risk of local side effects of diclofenac is lower, it should be noted that this drug can be absorbed through the skin, so it is likely to cause side effects.
If you notice signs of an allergic reaction to severe voltaren gel, call the emergency room immediately; The most important of these symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, wheezing or shortness of breath, blisters, swelling of the face, lips, tongue and throat.
If you notice signs of a heart attack or stroke, call the emergency room right away; The most important of these symptoms are chest pain that extends to the jaw or shoulders, sudden weakness or paralysis of one side of the body, stuttering, shortness of breath, and suffocation.
If you notice any of the following severe symptoms, stop taking Voltaren gel and call your doctor:
Early signs of any skin rash; It does not matter how light it is.
Shortness of breath, swelling of the arms or legs
Symptoms of gastric bleeding: diarrhea, bloody or watery stools, bloody cough or vomiting
Liver problems: nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tiredness, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite, dark urine, stool discoloration, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
Kidney problems: decreased urine volume, urination with pain or difficulty, swelling of the legs or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath
High blood pressure: severe headache, neck or ear pounding, nosebleeds, distress or confusion
Anemia: pale skin, lightheadedness, increased heart rate, difficulty concentrating
Severe skin reaction: Fever, sore throat, swelling of the face or tongue, eye irritation, skin pain due to red or purple lesions on the skin that are spreading (especially to the upper body or face) and causing sores and scaling .
Common and expected side effects of Voltaren gel are
Indigestion, flatulence, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting
Headache, dizziness, drowsiness
Itching, increased sweating
Redness of the skin, itching, dryness, scaling, scaling in the treated areas
This list does not include all the side effects of this drug. There may be other side effects. Therefore, while taking this medicine, inform your doctor if you notice any other unusual symptoms.
Principles and conditions of maintenance
Store at room temperature and away from moisture and heat.
Protect from frost.
Remember, this medicine and all other medicines should be kept out of the reach of children.
Avoid sharing your medications with others.
Use this medicine only for the period prescribed by your doctor.
Consult your doctor to ensure the safety of this drug and for more information.
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