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Voltaren Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Voltaren (diclofenac) is an oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for the treatment of pain, fever, and inflammation by reducing the production of prostaglandins. Voltaren is used primarily for the treatment of inflammation and pain caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Most common side effects of Voltaren are upset stomach, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, ulcers, dizziness, headache, nervousness, skin itching or rash, blurred vision, or ringing in the ears.
Voltaren should be taken with food to reduce stomach upset. Potential drug interactions include lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), blood pressure medications, methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall), certain antibiotics, and anticoagulants. Like other NSAIDs, Voltaren is generally avoided during pregnancy because it may affect the cardiovascular system of the fetus. It is not known whether Voltaren is excreted in breast milk.
Our Voltaren Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Voltaren in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using diclofenac and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- 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, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
- neck stiffness, chills, increased sensitivity to light, purple spots on the skin, and/or seizure (convulsions); or
- severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
Less serious side effects may include:
- upset stomach, mild heartburn or stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation bloating, gas;
- dizziness, headache, nervousness;
- skin itching or rash;
- blurred vision; or
- ringing in your ears.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium)
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Voltaren Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Upset stomach, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, gas, headache, drowsiness, and dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: swelling of the hands or feet (edema), sudden or unexplained weight gain, hearing changes (such as ringing in the ears), mental/mood changes, difficult/painful swallowing, unusual tiredness.
Get medical help right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: change in the amount of urine, unexplained stiff neck.
This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of liver damage, including: dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes or skin.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium)
What is Prescribing information?
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Voltaren FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
In patients taking Voltaren® (diclofenac sodium enteric-coated tablets), or other NSAIDs, the most frequently reported adverse experiences occurring in approximately 1%-10% of patients are:
Additional adverse experiences reported occasionally include:
Metabolic and Nutritional: weight changes
Special Senses: blurred vision
Other adverse reactions, which occur rarely are:
Body as a Whole: anaphylactic reactions, appetite changes, death
Metabolic and Nutritional: hyperglycemia
Respiratory System: respiratory depression, pneumonia
Special Senses: conjunctivitis, hearing impairment
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium)
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