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Is voltaren (diclofenac) a narcotic?

Is voltaren (diclofenac) a narcotic?

Voltaren (diclofenac): Voltaren (diclofenac) is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug which can be taken orally. A topical cream is available. It is not a narcotic, but may be very effective for skeletal pain relief.

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Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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What is voltaren (diclofenac)?

What is voltaren (diclofenac)?

Voltaren (diclofenac): Is the brand name of diclofenac sodium, a non steroidal antiinflammatory like Ibuprofen (motrin, advil (ibuprofen))or naprosyn (naproxen, aleve). It has same possible side effects but probably more expensive

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What is Voltaren (diclofenac) used for?

What is Voltaren (diclofenac) used for?

Voltaren (diclofenac): Voltaren (diclofenac) Gel is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication used to treat joint pain from osteoarthritis.

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Side effects of voltaren (diclofenac)?

Side effects of voltaren (diclofenac)?

Depends: Most common side effects when using voltaren (diclofenac) drops: burning or stinging; change in tear production; discharge; eye redness, irritation, or itching.

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How can voltaren (diclofenac) gel work?

How can voltaren (diclofenac) gel work?

Pain relief: It is a topical version of the anti-inflammatory diclofenac. It is a topical anti-inflammatory drug.

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Do people abuse voltaren (diclofenac) xr?

Not usually: Voltaren (diclofenac) is a non-steroidal pain reliever that is not a narcotic. Not usually an abused drug.

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Can voltaren (diclofenac) cause headaches?

Can voltaren (diclofenac) cause headaches?

Yes: Interestingly, voltaren (diclofenac) or any type of analgesic (pain medicine) can cause the symptom it is taken to treat! Some headaches are rebound headaches caused by regular use of pain meds 3-4 days a week. Also some allergies or advers effect to drugs can be headache.

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What is voltaren (diclofenac) gel used for?

What is voltaren (diclofenac) gel used for?

Arthritis: Voltaren (diclofenac) gel is indicated for Osteoarthritis of joints. It is generally used for knee arthritis but can also be used for ankles, feet, elbows, wrists and hands.

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Is voltaren (diclofenac) ophthalmic drops effective?

It depends: It depends on why it is being used. It can be effective for bacterial infection.

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Who would use voltaren (diclofenac) ophthalmic drops?

Who would use voltaren (diclofenac) ophthalmic drops?

Inflammation: This drop is used for inflammation pain and swelling. There are many variants of this drop which are in use today most commonly after cataract surgery.

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Is it okay to take cymbalta (duloxetine) and voltaren?

Cymbalta (duloxetine): Risk of GI bleeding is dose-dependent & may occur if you have disease of the GI tract to begin with. Combination is safe as long as Cymbalta (duloxetine) dose is tolerated & voltaren is taken prn (as needed).

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What do the pills voltaren (diclofenac) effective for?

What do the pills voltaren (diclofenac) effective for?

Like aleve/motrin: Voltaren is a branded antiiflammatory medicine called diclofenac, in the same family as aleve/motrin etc... It is a tad bit stronger with somewhat higher incidence of side effects (mostly gastrointestinal symptoms/liver abnormality etc.) it has very much the same indication as these two medicine, unfortunately only available (as a gel form too) by prescription. Consult doc. Good luck.

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What happens if voltaren (diclofenac) is applied to bug bites?

What happens if voltaren (diclofenac) is applied to bug bites?

Won't hurt: But it won't help either---steroid creams are much better for this use.

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Is it okay to take cymbalta (duloxetine) and voltaren at the same times?

Bleeding risk: Work with your provider on this. The interaction between the two is that there is an increased risk of bleeding given both have that risk and can potentiate each other. If you do not have any other risk factors for increased bleeding, then you can likely take both while being monitored by your provider.

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Diclofenac Sodium (Definition)

Diclofenac is in a class of drugs known as nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Ibuprofen is also in this class. These drugs inhibit enzymes (cox 1 and cox 2) which are important in producing a prostaglandin e1. Prostaglandin e1 is responsible for producing inflammation ...Read more


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Voltaren (Definition)

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