What is Voltaren Gel used for?


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Voltaren Gel is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used in relieving joint pain by eliminating hormones that cause inflammation, according to voltarengel. It is used to relieve pain in the knees, hands, ankles, feet, elbows and wrists. The drug has not yet been studied for use in relieving pain in the shoulder, spine, hip or other parts of the body.

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NSAIDs, including Voltaren Gel, must be used at the lowest dose and for the shortest time possible. Voltaren Gel is applied on the area of pain four times in a day. Patients are advised not to skip a dose and should follow the given directions. It goes away shortly after it has been used. Convenient times to apply the gel include after a morning bath, after lunch, after dinner and before going to bed.

People who have suffered a severe allergic reaction or asthma attack after using diclofenac, aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are advised not to use Voltaren Gel. NSAIDs pose a risk of stroke and heart attack if used for a long time, or if a person is suffering from a heart disease. They are also known to cause intestinal bleeding, so caution must be applied when using them. Using Voltaren Gel before or after a heart surgery is not recommended.

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