How Does Voltaren Pain Relief Work?

What exactly is Voltaren?

The Voltaren line of over-the-counter medications contains diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAID). Diclofenac works by preventing the body from producing prostaglandins, which cause pain and inflammation. Diclofenac helps to relieve pain and inflammation by lowering their effects. Learn how Voltaren works to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

Voltaren comes in a variety of forms. Voltaren comes in various forms, including gels, tablets, and liquid capsules. We'll go over how each one works in this section. Voltaren emulgel is applied to the skin.

Gel Voltaren

Voltaren gels are topical therapies, which means you apply them to the affected area's skin. They act by concentrating diclofenac on the skin's surface; the medicine then penetrates the underlying tissues to relieve pain and reduce swelling in the inflamed area (such as a muscle). Voltaren extra strength in two different skin formulations, each with its own set of benefits.

Voltaren Emulgel is a gel that contains 1.16 percent diclofenac dimethylammonium. It can be used 3-4 times per day for short-term pain relief or more extended periods up to 2 weeks. It has been shown to alleviate acute pain in as little as one hour after treatment.

About 32 percent diclofenac dimethylammonium is included in Voltaren gel extra strength Osteo Gel 12 Hourly. This implies it only needs to be used twice a day (for up to 3 weeks if necessary) to provide pain and inflammation relief for up to 12 hours in localized osteoarthritis.

Solution for Oral Use

It would help if you took the Voltaren-XR oral solution for the total amount of time recommended by your healthcare provider. Please do not use it for any longer than your doctor has prescribed.

Open the powder packet and pour the contents into a cup to use the oral solution. Add 1 to 2 ounces of water to the mixture. 3 For mixing the drug, no additional liquid should be used. Mix thoroughly with the water and consume immediately on an empty stomach.

The disease determines the medicine's specific dosage it is treating. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions or the directions on the label.


If you forget to take a dose of your Voltaren therapy, take it as soon as you remember. If your next dose is approaching, take the next planned dose; do not double doses.

Call your doctor or the American Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 if you fear you've taken too much Voltaren. If you think you've taken too much, contact 911 or have someone transport you to the nearest emergency room.


All Voltaren formulations should be kept at room temperature, free from heat and moisture. When not in use, keep bottles or pharmaceutical tubes unopened.

Side Effects

Voltaren comes in various formulations, each with its own set of potential adverse effects.


Upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, headache, dizziness, and sleepiness are mild adverse effects of oral Voltaren. Notify your healthcare provider right away if adverse effects persist or worsen. Blood pressure can be raised by taking Voltaren orally. Make sure to check your blood pressure regularly and notify your healthcare practitioner if it is consistently high.

Serious adverse effects are uncommon, although they can happen. If you have serious side effects, such as ringing in the ears or other hearing changes, mood changes, swallowing issues, or indicators of heart failure (ankle or foot edema, breathing problems, intense exhaustion, or unusual or abrupt weakness), contact your healthcare practitioner straight once.

If you have indicators of kidney disease, such as changes in urine output or fluid retention in your ankles or feet, you should seek medical attention. Voltaren oral, like other NSAIDs, can cause significant liver issues. If you see signs of liver disease, such as black urine, abdominal pain, or yellowing skin or eyes, seek medical attention.

Although uncommon, some persons may have a severe adverse reaction to Voltaren oral. If you have symptoms of an allergic response, such as swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, a rash or itching, difficulty breathing, or severe dizziness, seek medical attention.

The aforementioned adverse effects aren't the only ones that could occur. You should notify your healthcare practitioner if you encounter any additional adverse effects.


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