What is Voltarol?
Voltarol contains the active ingredient diclofenac, which is a type of medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Diclofenac relieves pain, swelling, redness and fever. Voltarol is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Voltarol used for?
Voltarol is used to relieve pain and inflammation in conditions affecting the joints such as:
- Bechterew’s disease;
- Rheumatoid arthritis;
- Acute gout;
- Muscle or joint pain due to injuries or over use.
Doctors sometimes prescribe Voltarol for relieving severe pain such as migraine, menstrual pain or pain from the flu or other illnesses.
How to use Voltarol
Voltarol is available in various forms including prolonged release tablets and suppositories. The tablets should be swallowed whole, without chewing, with some liquid. They can be taken with or without food. Taking Voltarol tablets with food reduces the chance of stomach distress. The suppositories are for anal use. See the package leaflet for instructions on how to insert the suppositories.
The number of tablets or suppositories to take and for how long will depend on the condition being treated. Consult a doctor if your symptoms have not improved after several days. Read the package leaflet before use.
The duration of treatment and dosage depends on the condition and the individual being treated. This should be determined by your doctor, so it is important to follow the instructions given. The general recommended dose in adults is:
- one tablet or suppository of 75 or 100 mg, once a day.
Children should not take Voltarol because of the high dosage. Read the package leaflet before use.
Voltarol may cause side effects, although most people do not experience any. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, heartburn, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence);
- Ulceration or bleeding in the stomach or intestine (rare). All people having treatment with this medicine should consult their doctor immediately if they experience stomach or abdominal pain or any sign of bleeding from the stomach or intestine, for example passing black or bloodstained stools.
Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.
When not to use Voltarol
Voltarol is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to other NSAIDs, the active ingredient diclofenac or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have or have had bleeding in the stomach or intestine, or have an inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease);
- You have a liver, kidney or heart condition or bone marrow disease;
- You have a history of disorders affecting the stomach or intestines such as ulceration or bleeding, or have ever had bleeding in the brain.
Consult a doctor on the use of this medicine if you have a health condition that is not listed above. Voltarol may interact with certain medicines. Be sure to inform the doctor of any medicines you are taking when you order to avoid potential interaction. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with.
Voltarol is not suitable for use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Pregnant or nursing women are advised to consult a doctor about a safer alternative.
Voltarol may cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine affects you and you are sure you can do so safely.
Alcohol irritates the stomach. Voltarol may also cause stomach irritation. Drinking alcohol should therefore be avoided while taking this medicine.