A 31-year-old female asked:
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does using voltaren (diclofenac) gel for costochondritis increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. ?

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Dr. Mark Goodman
53 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Can be absorbed through skin.
Answered on Sep 10, 2013
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
it depends on how much and how long. few days won't put U at much risk, but long term use will.
Sep 10, 2013
Dr. Michael Granberry
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not likely: I understand the blood levels of diclofenac are about 7% of blood levels when it's taken orally. Of course check with your physician, and be specially careful if you have heart failure already.
Answered on Jan 28, 2019
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