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Drug Class:NSAIDs (Traditional NSAID)
Voltaren XR: For OA: 100 mg once a day.
For RA: 100 mg in one daily dose or 200 mg in two doses.
Potential Side EffectsHelp
Abdominal cramps, pain or discomfort; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; gastrointestinal bleeding; headache; heartburn; high blood pressure; nausea or vomiting; peptic ulcer; swelling of feet; rash; ringing in the ears.
- Do not take with aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Take at the same time every day.
- Take with food or an antacid.
- Liver enzymes should be checked within 4 to 8 weeks of starting diclofenac.
- Before taking any type of NSAID, tell your doctor if you drink alcohol or take blood thinners (including warfarin), ACE inhibitors, lithium or furosemide. Also report any sensitivity or allergy to aspirin or similar drugs. All NSAIDs may cause an increased risk of serious blood clots, heart attacks and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may increase with dose and duration of use. Patients who have or who are at risk for cardiovascular disease may be at greater risk for these complications. NSAIDs should not be used for pain if you are having coronary bypass surgery. Do not take NSAIDs late in pregnancy.
The Arthritis Today Drug Guide is meant for education – not self-medicating. Arthritis Today, the Arthritis Foundation and the Drug Guide Medical Review Panel do not endorse any products mentioned in this guide. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date, we make no representations or warranties about the completeness of the information provided.