Is Voltaren emulgel over the counter?
With the FDA’s approval, Voltaren Arthritis Pain becomes the first and only prescription strength, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) topical gel for arthritis pain available OTC in the United States. Voltaren Gel, which GSKCH owns the rights to, is currently only available with a prescription in the US.
What’s the difference between Voltaren Gel and Voltaren emulgel?
Voltaren gel There are two formulations of Voltaren that can be applied to the skin, each of which offers its own range of benefits. Voltaren Emulgel contains 1.16% of diclofenac diethylammonium in a gel form. It is suitable for 3-4 applications a day for short-term pain relief, or for longer periods up to 2 weeks.
Is Voltaren emulgel safe?
Voltaren Arthritis Pain gel can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Even people without heart disease or risk factors could have a stroke or heart attack while using Voltaren Arthritis Pain gel.
Is it safe to use Voltaren Gel everyday?
Voltaren gel is intended to be applied up to four times a day for 21 days only. If your pain persists after three weeks of regular Voltaren gel use, you should consult your doctor.
Is Voltaren Gel stronger than ibuprofen?
Diclofenac is considered more potent than ibuprofen and needs to be taken two or three times per day. Ibuprofen often needs to be taken in higher doses to treat pain from arthritis.
Can you drink alcohol if you use Voltaren Emulgel?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding. Avoid taking aspirin or other NSAIDs while you are using Voltaren Gel. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cold, allergy, or pain medication. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to diclofenac.
How often can you use Voltaren?
Voltaren gel can be use up to four times daily. You can apply 2 grams or 4 grams at a time depending on the severity of your condition.
Does Voltaren gel interact with other medications?
Even though Voltaren ® Gel ( diclofenac gel) is applied to the skin, it can potentially interact with several other medications (as some of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream). Some of these medicines that may lead to drug interactions with Voltaren Gel include: Venlafaxine ( Effexor ®, Effexor XR ® ).
Does Voltaren raise blood pressure?
It is quite possible that using Voltaren (diclofenac) gel can raise your blood pressure ( hypertension ). It is a known side effect of diclofenac and although you are applying the gel topically there can be sufficient absorption into your body to cause the side effect.