( diclofenac )
25 mg yellow, triangular,
50 mg light brown, triangular,
75 mg white, triangular,
To reduce inflammation; to reduce pain.
For anti-inflammatory action and
Usually given as one tablet ( 25
mg, 50 mg, or 75 mg, depending ) two or three times a day. The maximum
recommended dosage is 200 mg per day.
the most frequent side effects
are gastrointestinal, as with other drugs of this group; irritation of the
stomach lining can cause nausea, heartburn, and indigestion. Occasionally,
individuals may note fluid retention. Allergic reactions such as rash or
asthma are very rare. Hospitalization for gastrointestinal bleeding probably
occurs in about 1% of those taking full doses for one year.
Voltaren, one of the more
recently released nonsteroidal medications in the United States, has had
extensive international experience. In fact, it is the most frequently used
nonsteroidal medication worldwide. The USFDA was slow in review, in part
because of fear of more frequent liver problems. This does not appear to be
the case, but periodic blood tests for liver toxicity are recommended by
Voltaren comes with an enteric coating designed to improve stomach
tolerance; this is probably not effective. For irritation of the stomach,
decrease the dose or spread the tablets out throughout the day. Absorption
will be slightly decreased if you take the drug after meals or after
antacids, but greater comfort may result.
Voltaren is useful in rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative arthritis, and
treatment of local conditions. Certain individuals will prefer Voltaren over
other drugs of this group, Cataflam is a derivative drug recently released;
its uses are in short-term pain relief and not arthritis treatment.