Known as Voltarol Emulgel,Voltaren Emulgel 1.16,voltaren in the UK
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Diclofenac sodium topical gel, 1% is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to manage pain due to osteoarthritis of joints in the knees and hands.
Diclofenac sodium gel, 1% should be used only on the skin. Do not get the gel in your mouth, nose, or eyes.
A dosing card should come with your prescription. The dosing card is used to help you estimate the appropriate amount of gel to apply.
No more than 32 grams total a day should be applied.
Dosing for lower extremities:
Using the dosing card, measure out 4 grams and apply to the affected area four times a day. More than 16 grams should not be applied to any one affected joint per day.
Dosing for higher extremities:
Apply 2 grams to the affected site four times a day. More than 8 grams should not be applied to any one affected joint per day.
The active ingredient in diclofenac sodium gel is diclofenac sodium, 1%.
Avoid using diclofenac sodium gel if you have any allergies to diclofenac, aspirin, or other NSAIDs.
Avoid using diclofenac sodium gel if you have a history of experiencing asthma, hives, or any other allergic reaction after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Avoid using diclofenac sodium gel before coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
WARNING: CARDIOVASCULAR AND GASTROINTESTINAL RISK
See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.
Skin irritation is the most common side effect of diclofenac sodium topical gel, 1%.
Immediately inform your doctor if you experience troublesome or continuous side effects.
You can buy diclofenac sodium topical gel, 1% online at a competitive price at Canada Drugs Direct with a valid prescription.
Voltaren Gel Prescribing Information. Parsippany, NJ: Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.; 2009.