"Jan. 12, 2011 -- A new study weighs in on the debate over the relative safety of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), commonly used to treat joint and muscle aches and pain.
The study, published online in the BMJ,"...
There has been no experience of overdose with Voltaren® Gel (diclofenac sodium gel) .
No events of accidental ingestion have been reported with Voltaren® Gel (diclofenac sodium gel) . Effects similar to those observed after an overdose of diclofenac tablets can be expected if substantial amounts of Voltaren® Gel (diclofenac sodium gel) are ingested. Symptoms following acute oral NSAID overdoses are usually limited to lethargy, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and epigastric pain, which are generally reversible with supportive care. Gastrointestinal bleeding can occur. Hypertension, acute renal failure, respiratory depression, and coma may occur. Anaphylactoid reactions have been reported with therapeutic ingestion of NSAIDs, and may occur after an overdose.
In the event of oral ingestion resulting in significant systemic side effects, it is recommended that the stomach be emptied by vomiting or lavage. Forced diuresis may theoretically be beneficial because the drug is excreted in the urine. The effect of dialysis or hemoperfusion in the elimination of diclofenac (99% protein-bound) remains unproven. In addition to supportive measures, the use of oral activated charcoal may help to reduce the absorption of diclofenac. Supportive and symptomatic treatment should be given for complications such as renal failure, convulsions, gastrointestinal irritation, and respiratory depression.
For additional information about overdose treatment, call a poison control center (1-800-222-1222).
The use of Voltaren® Gel (diclofenac sodium gel) is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to diclofenac.
Voltaren® Gel (diclofenac sodium gel) should not be administered in patients who have experienced asthma, urticaria, or other allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs. Severe, rarely fatal, anaphylactic-like reactions to NSAIDs have been reported in such patients [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Last reviewed on RxList: 10/15/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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