Voltaren Gel (diclofenac sodium topical gel) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for the relief of joint pain of osteoarthritis in the knees, ankles, feet, elbows, wrists, and hands. Voltaren Gel has not been studied for use on the spine, hip, or shoulder.
Voltaren Gel is a smooth, nongreasy gel with a light fragrance that goes away shortly after it is applied. By massaging in Voltaren Gel 4 times daily, you help the medication levels remain steady throughout the day. Try not to skip a dose.
Do not use Voltaren Gel if you are allergic to diclofenac (the active ingredient in Voltaren Gel) or if you have had asthma, hives, or other allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs.
NSAID medicines, like Voltaren Gel, should never be used right before or after a heart surgery called a “coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).”
NSAID medicines, like Voltaren Gel, can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment.
- Ulcers and bleeding can happen without warning symptoms and may cause death
- The chance of a person getting an ulcer or bleeding increases with older age
NSAID medicines should only be used:
- at the lowest dose possible for your treatment
- for the shortest time needed