What You Should Know About Voltaren Pain Relief Gel

An Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) for Arthritis Pain

Voltaren (diclofenac sodium) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). It may also be prescribed to manage pain from a bone or joint injury or surgery, as well as other types of mild-to-moderate pain, such as migraine headaches, by your healthcare professional.

Voltaren comes in various forms, including oral tablets or capsules, ocular drops, topical therapies, and an oral powder. Oral Voltaren is a prescription medicine. However, topical gel and eye drops are available without a prescription over-the-counter (OTC). Please continue reading to discover more about Voltaren, including its several forms and applications, what to know before taking it, dosage, adverse effects, and more.


Voltaren is available in various formulations, including oral tablets, ophthalmic solution (eye drops), topical Voltaren emulgel, and oral powder.


Oral Voltaren is prescribed to relieve pain and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Only your healthcare professional can issue you a prescription for these tablets and capsules.


Ophthalmic Voltaren is a sterile solution containing diclofenac sodium at a concentration of 0.1 percent or 1 mg/mL (milligram per milliliter). It's used to alleviate edema following cataract surgery. 1 It may also be administered after various forms of eye surgery to treat eye pain and light sensitivity, as well as seasonal allergy-related eye symptoms.

These eye drops can be purchased locally or online, or your healthcare professional can prescribe a more potent dose.

The Gel is Applied Directly to The Skin

Voltaren gel extra strength is a topical gel that is applied to the skin. It reduces joint pain, stiffness, and edema in the same way that oral Voltaren does. Inflammatory arthritis disorders such as RA and AS might also benefit from it because it reduces inflammation and pain.

Voltaren extra strength gel has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for arm and leg joints only.

It should not be applied to the spine, hips, or shoulders.

Solution for Oral Use

For oral solution, Voltaren-XR (diclofenac potassium) powder is used to treat acute migraine attacks in persons over 18.
Migraines that aren't classified as chronic. Voltaren-XR is sometimes used to relieve arthritic pain and inflammation.

Before Taking

Before starting any new prescription, make sure your doctor knows all the medications you're taking, including prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins.


Voltaren is available in a variety of formulas and brands. Each brand and formulation serves a distinct purpose and contains varying doses of the medicine.

Voltaren oral pills and extended-release oral capsules are available. Standard pills are available in three strengths: 25 milligrams (mg), 50 milligrams (mg), and 75 milligrams (mg). The 100 mg extended-release tablets (Voltaren XR).

Unless your healthcare professional informs you otherwise, Voltaren tablets and capsules should be taken by mouth with a full glass of water.

Tablets and capsules should be swallowed whole. Crushing, chewing, or cutting them in half is not recommended. The exterior covering of the pills is destroyed when they are broken down, which increases the risk of adverse effects.

The dosage prescribed by your healthcare provider is determined by the ailment being treated, your reaction to treatment, and any other medications you are taking. Your healthcare professional will prescribe Voltaren at the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration possible due to the risk of adverse effects (such as stomach bleeding).

Take only as much as your doctor has prescribed. Take only as directed by your healthcare practitioner if you have persistent pain or arthritis. Make sure you understand all of the dangers and benefits of taking oral Voltaren for pain and inflammation management.


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