Also called Diclofenac, Voltaren is a Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAIDs) and are used to relieve some symptoms of arthritis, such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. They can also be used to treat gout attacks; bursitis; tendonitis; sprains, strains, or other injuries; or menstrual cramps.
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Take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less medicine than directed. If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do NOT double doses.
Stop taking this medicine and get medical help immediately if any of the following side effects occur: fainting; fast or irregular breathing; fast, irregular heartbeat or pulse; hive-like swellings on face, eyelids, mouth, lips, or tongue; puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes; shortness of breath, troubled breathing, wheezing, or tightness in chest; abdominal or stomach pain, cramping, or burning; bloody or black, tarry stools; chest pain; convulsions; fever with or without chills; nausea, heartburn, and/or indigestion; pinpoint red spots on skin; sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth; spitting up blood; unexplained nosebleeds; unusual bleeding or bruising; or vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds.
Voltaren (diclofenac sodium enteric-coated tablets), is a benzene-acetic acid derivative. Voltaren is available as delayed-release (enteric-coated) tablets of 25 mg (yellow), 50 mg (light brown), and 75 mg (light pink) for oral administration. The chemical name is 2-[(2,6-dichlorophenyl)amino] benzeneacetic acid, monosodium salt. The molecular weight is 318.14. Its molecular formula is C14H10Cl2NNaO2. The inactive ingredients in Voltaren include: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, iron oxide, lactose, magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid copolymer, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, sodium starch glycolate, talc, titanium dioxide, D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake (25-mg tablet only), FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake (50-mg tablet only).
Voltaren has the following structural formula: