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Drug Database - Voltaren Voltaren 75 mg. tablet

Generic Name: diclofenac (dye-KLOE-fen-ak)

Brand Names: Cataflam®, Voltaren®, Voltaren-XR®

Classification: Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Issue Date: 1992

Voltaren is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Voltaren works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Voltaren is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis.

  • Before Using This Medicine
  • How To Use This Medicine
  • Precautions While on this Medicine
  • Side Effects
  • If You Miss A Dose
  • Drug Interactions
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    Before Using This Medicine

    This medicine can increase your risk of life-threatening heart or circulation problems, including heart attack or stroke. This risk will increase the longer you use Voltaren. Do not use this medicine just before or after having heart bypass surgery (also called coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).

    Seek emergency medical help if you have symptoms of heart or circulation problems, such as:

    • chest pain
    • weakness
    • shortness of breath
    • slurred speech
    • problems with vision or balance

    Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Voltaren, or if you have a history of allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs.

    Before taking Voltaren, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

    • a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot
    • heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure
    • a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding
    • liver or kidney disease
    • asthma
    • polyps in your nose
    • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder
    • if you smoke

    If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Voltaren, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

    FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Taking Voltaren during the last 3 months of pregnancy may result in birth defects. Do not take Voltaren during pregnancy unless your doctor has told you to. Voltaren can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give this medicine to a child without the advice of a doctor.

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    How To Use This Medicine

    Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

    If you switch brands of Voltaren, your dose needs may change. Follow your doctor's instructions about how much medicine to take.

    Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

    If you take Voltaren for a long period of time, your doctor may want to check you on a regular basis to make sure this medication is not causing harmful effects. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.

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    Precautions While on this Medicine

    Do not use any other over-the-counter cold, allergy, or pain medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to Voltaren (such as ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen). If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of this type of medication. READ THE LABEL of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.

    Do not drink alcohol while taking Voltaren. Alcohol can increase the risk of stomach bleeding caused by Voltaren. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Voltaren may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

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    If You Miss A Dose

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

    If You Overdose

    Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of a Voltaren overdose may include:

    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • stomach pain
    • drowsiness
    • black or bloody stools
    • coughing up blood
    • shallow breathing
    • fainting
    • coma

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    Side Effects

    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:

    • skin rash or hives
    • difficulty breathing
    • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

    Call your doctor at once if you have any of these SERIOUS side effects:

    • chest pain
    • weakness, shortness of breath
    • slurred speech
    • problems with vision or balance
    • black, bloody, or tarry stools
    • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
    • swelling or rapid weight gain
    • urinating less than usual or not at all
    • nausea, stomach pain
    • low fever
    • loss of appetite
    • dark urine, clay-colored stools
    • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
    • fever
    • sore throat
    • headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash
    • bruising
    • severe tingling, numbness
    • pain, muscle weakness
    • neck stiffness
    • chills
    • increased sensitivity to light
    • purple spots on the skin
    • seizure (convulsions)

    Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:

    • upset stomach, mild heartburn or stomach pain
    • diarrhea, constipation
    • bloating, gas
    • dizziness, headache, nervousness
    • skin itching or rash
    • blurred vision
    • ringing in your ears

    This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

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    Drug Interactions

    Before taking alprazolam, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

    • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®)
    • cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®)
    • lithium (Eskalith®, Lithobid®)
    • methotrexate (Rheumatrex®, Trexall®)
    • diuretics (water pills) such as furosemide (Lasix®)
    • steroids (prednisone and others)
    • aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as:
      • etodolac (Lodine®)
      • flurbiprofen (Ansaid®)
      • indomethacin (Indocin®)
      • ketoprofen (Orudis®)
      • ketorolac (Toradol®)
      • mefenamic acid (Ponstel®)
      • meloxicam (Mobic®)
      • nabumetone (Relafen)
      • naproxen (Aleve®, Naprosyn®)
      • piroxicam (Feldene®) and others
    • an ACE inhibitor such as:
      • benazepril (Lotensin®)
      • captopril (Capoten®)
      • fosinopril (Monopril®)
      • enalapril (Vasotec®)
      • lisinopril (Prinivil®, Zestril®)
      • ramipril (Altace®), and others

    If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use Voltaren or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

    There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Voltaren. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

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