Understanding Osteoarthritis (OA)
The most common cause of chronic arthritis pain
If you are suffering from OA, you are not alone.
Millions of Americans, like you, suffer from the pain of OA.
OA occurs more frequently as people get older and can break down joints' protective cartilage causing damage and pain. OA pain develops slowly and can gradually worsen over time.
A healthy joint
of OA include:
OA is a chronic condition and may require daily treatment for your pain. While there is no cure for OA, there are treatments that can help you relieve the pain in your joints. Recent guidelines recommend the use of topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for OA joint pain. Ask your doctor if Voltaren® Gel is right for you.
It is important to remember to use the lowest dose of medication for the shortest time as recommended by your healthcare provider.
Next: About Voltaren® Gel
Voltaren® Gel is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for the relief of joint pain of osteoarthritis in the knees, ankles, feet, elbows, wrists, and hands. Voltaren® Gel has not been studied for use on the spine, hip, or shoulder.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
for Voltaren® Gel
What is the most important information you should know about medicines called Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)?
NSAID medicines, like Voltaren® Gel, may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death. This chance increases:
NSAID medicines, like Voltaren® Gel, should never be used right before or after a heart surgery called a “coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).”
NSAID medicines, like Voltaren® Gel, can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment.
NSAID medicines should only be used:
Do not use Voltaren® Gel if you are allergic to diclofenac (the active ingredient in Voltaren® Gel) or if you have had asthma, hives, or other allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Tell your healthcare provider:
NSAIDs, including Voltaren® Gel, can lead to high blood pressure or worsening of high blood pressure, which may add to the increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Possible serious side effects include life-threatening skin and allergic reactions.
Get emergency help right away if you have any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath or trouble breathing, chest pain, weakness in one side of your body, slurred speech, or swelling of the face or throat. Stop using Voltaren® Gel and call your healthcare provider right away if you have: skin rash or fever with blisters.
Do not use Voltaren® Gel on the same skin site that was treated with other topical products, such as sunscreens, cosmetics, lotions, moisturizers, or insect repellents.
Other information about NSAIDs:
You should not use Voltaren® Gel with oral NSAIDs.
The most common side effects reported in studies using Voltaren® Gel were application site reactions, including dermatitis (reported in 7% of treated patients).
Use Voltaren® Gel exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
For additional information about Voltaren® Gel, please see the
full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide for patients.