If you have arthritic joint pain, you know that applying a medicated gel (such as Voltaren) directly to the painful area can help. Like other topical gels, creams and lotions for joint and muscle pain, Voltaren gel for arthritis can be applied to the skin to relieve pain. This pain relief gel is available over-the-counter (OTC), which means you can buy it without a doctor’s prescription. But it is important to remember that Voltaren contains active pharmaceutical ingredients and may not be everyone. Here is more information about using Voltaren Gel to temporarily relieve arthritic joint pain.
Voltaren is the brand name of a topical analgesic gel for arthritis pain, which contains the drug diclofenac sodium, its active ingredient. You may find a similar joint pain gel by the generic name “Diclofenac Gel” or “Diclofenac Sodium Gel”. However, their diclofenac composition or content may be different from Voltaren gel. OTC Voltaren gel for arthritis pain contains 1% diclofenac sodium.
Voltaren gel is applied topically to the skin to temporarily relieve joint pain. This pain reliever is recommended for the most common type of arthritis pain and tenderness: osteoarthritis of the knees, hands, and other joints. Voltaren Pain Relief Gel can also be used to help relieve joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis or relieve muscle soreness and mild back pain.
If you prefer less oral pain medications, such as oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Voltaren gel and other pain relief gels and creams may be a good choice. At higher doses, diclofenac gel can also be used to treat a skin disease called actinic keratosis. However, Voltaren gel for arthritis pain does not contain a high enough concentration of the active ingredient diclofenac to be used in this situation.
If you have mild to moderate arthritis pain, your doctor may recommend trying Voltaren gel alone or with oral medications to treat more severe arthritis pain.
Voltaren gel contains an NSAID drug similar to the painkiller ibuprofen. Its role is to reduce the substances that cause pain and inflammation in the body, and it is most effective for small joints. Voltaren topical gel does not provide immediate relief and it may take up to 7 days to take effect.
Voltaren gel and other types of diclofenac gel for arthritis may help relieve joint pain. However, this may depend on the severity of your arthritis pain.A sort of
The effectiveness of topical gels such as Voltaren may also depend on how much painkiller diclofenac sodium it contains. A study on how a topical gel containing 3.06% diclofenac can relieve knee osteoarthritis pain reported that the gel is more effective than a placebo gel that does not contain diclofenac at all. The participants in the study used the gel twice a day for 4 weeks. Voltaren gel for arthritis pain, available on the OTC, contains 1% diclofenac. You may need a prescription to get a topical gel that contains a higher percentage of painkillers.
Even over-the-counter painkillers and other medicines contain powerful active ingredients and may cause side effects. Other ingredients such as perfume and alcohol may also cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Use Voltaren gel to treat arthritis exactly as directed. Please consult your doctor before using Voltaren gel for off-label use (not recommended).
Side effects of Voltaren gel may include:
- Skin irritation or itching in the area where the gel is applied
- Dry skin, scaling, or redness
- Skin pimples or cysts
- Hives or swelling
- Numbness and tingling
- Nausea or vomiting
- Upset stomach
- Diarrhea and bloating
When not to use Voltaren gel
- Experience side effects. If you experience any of the side effects or other side effects listed above, please stop using Voltaren gel immediately. If you have serious side effects, or if the side effects do not disappear after you stop using this medicinal gel, please consult a health professional.
- During pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use Voltaren Gel to treat arthritis.
- Have heart disease. A study
LearnIt is also reported that if you have a history of cardiovascular (heart disease), you should not use diclofenac.
- Suffering from severe kidney disease. Discuss with your doctor beforehandUse Voltaren gel.
You can find Voltaren gel for arthritis pain in the pharmacy section of your local grocery store, usually in the aisles selling painkillers and products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Voltaren gel as an over-the-counter pain reliever in 2020. It has been offered at prescription strength since 2007. You still need a prescription to buy Voltaren tablets and other forms of the product.
You can buy Voltaren gel online from many retailers or directly from the Voltaren website.
Does Voltaren Gel have OTC in Canada?
You can also find Voltaren Pain Relief Gel of the same name in Canadian pharmacies and drugstores, as well as another version called Voltaren Emugel, which has slightly different dosages of diclofenac sodium and other ingredients. In some provinces, it may be behind the counter, even if you do not need a prescription to buy it, you must ask the pharmacist.
You can buy a variety of topical painkiller gels and other products on OTC. Some of them contain varying percentages of diclofenac sodium, which is the active ingredient in Voltaren gel to treat arthritis pain. Others contain different painkillers, including numbing drugs.
Topical over-the-counter analgesic products include:
Voltaren gel used to treat arthritis pain contains 1% of the active ingredient diclofenac sodium, and most pharmacies have over-the-counter medicines. When applied to the skin on the small joints, it can help relieve pain and tenderness. It may not be suitable for everyone; consult your doctor before using Voltaren to treat arthritis pain. If Voltaren gel does not work for you, or if you experience side effects, stop using it and consult your doctor. You may need other prescription pain relievers to treat arthritic joint pain.