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Also Known as Voltarol Emulgel, Voltaren Emulgel 1.16, voltaren
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Diclofenac sodium topical gel, 1% is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain associated with osteoarthritis of joints in the knees and hands.
Diclofenac sodium gel, 1% is for use on the skin only. Avoid getting the gel in your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Your prescription should come with a dosing card. The dosing card is used to help you measure out the appropriate amount of gel.
Do not apply more than 32 grams total per day.
Dosing for lower extremities:
Apply 4 grams to the affected area four times daily. Do not exceed more than 16 grams a day to any one affected joint.
Dosing for upper extremities:
Apply 2 grams to the affected area four times daily. Do not exceed more than 8 grams daily to any one affected joint.
Diclofenac sodium is the active ingredient in diclofenac sodium topical gel, 1%.
Do not use diclofenac sodium gel if you are allergic to diclofenac, aspirin, or other NSAIDs.
Do not use diclofenac sodium gel if you have ever experienced asthma, hives, or any other allergic reaction after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Do not use diclofenac sodium gel before coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
WARNING: CARDIOVASCULAR AND GASTROINTESTINAL RISK
See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.
The most common side effect of diclofenac sodium topical gel, 1% is skin irritation.
Contact your doctor right away if you experience bothersome or persistent side effects.
Voltaren Gel Prescribing Information. Parsippany, NJ: Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.; 2009.