What is Voltaren?

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Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory gel with a proven safety profile for your arthritis pain, now available over-the-counter. Formerly a prescription product, it has been trusted by patients and doctors in the U.S. for 10+ years. Plus, thanks to the specialized Voltaren Emulgel™ formulation, it’s non-greasy—which is always nice.


Voltaren Arthritis Pain Relieving Gel Package with Easy Twist Cap

Use as directed.

*Easy Twist Cap only available

on Voltaren tubes 3.5 oz or larger

Product Information

  • An alternative to pills, Voltaren targets pain directly at the source to deliver clinically-proven nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine for powerful arthritis pain relief with a proven safety profile.
  • Voltaren is a topical NSAID absorbed through the skin and not through the stomach like most oral medicines.
  • Actually treats arthritis pain. Most topicals heat, cool, or irritate the surface of the skin, which only masks the pain. 
  • Clinically proven to relieve joint pain, reduce stiffness, and improve mobility.
  • Non-greasy and clean scent.

How Does Voltaren Work?

How Does Voltaren Work? Video

Text: Introducing Voltaren Arthritis Pain
VO: When you have arthritis pain, you need relief where it hurts.
VO: Voltaren Arthritis Pain gel is the first full prescription strength nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory gel now available over the counter.
Text: First full prescription strength
VO: Voltaren targets pain directly at the source for powerful arthritis pain relief.
VO: Voltaren
VO: The joy of movement
Text: The joy of movement

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How to Use Voltaren

Voltaren dosing card

Read the label and use the enclosed dosing card. Do not use on more than two body areas at the same time.


Using the dosing card, apply the following amounts:

Upper body areas (hand, wrist, elbow): 2.25 inches

Lower body areas (foot, ankle, knee): 4.5 inches

Voltaren being applied to the knee


Rub gently into affected area. It is intended to be used 4 times a day everyday for up to 21 days. With 4-times-a-day use, you may start to feel relief within a few days. Stop use and ask your doctor if pain gets worse or lasts more than 21 days.

See Stories From Voltaren Gel Users

Find out how prescription Voltaren Gel—now available over the counter—helped these arthritis patients get back to doing the things they love and why an orthopedic surgeon prescribes it.

Easy to Open, Easy to Use

Packaging shouldn’t be a pain. Voltaren comes with the Arthritis Foundation Commendation for the Easy Twist Cap.*

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Easy Twist Cap

*Easy Twist Cap only available on Voltaren tubes 3.5 oz or larger

Voltaren vs. Other OTC Topicals

Contains Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Full Prescription Strength
Menthol Scent
Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel
Salonpas Pain Relieving Gel-Patch HOT

Voltaren vs. Other Pain Relievers

Applied topically for targeted pain relief
Contains Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Can be used up to 21 days*
Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel
Aleve Pain Reliever Caplets
Tylenol Arthritis Pain

*without consulting a physician.

Tylenol Arthritis Pain: Do not use for more than 10 days unless directed by a doctor.

Aleve Pain Reliever Caplets: Do not take for more than 10 consecutive days for pain or 3 days for fever unless directed by a doctor.

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel is FDA Approved To Be Used 2X LONGER Than OTC Pills*

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel
21 Days
10 Days
10 Days
Salonpas Pain Relief Patch
3 Days
FDA Approved Labeling for Number of Days of Continuous use without Consulting a Doctor
*21 days vs 10 days for Tylenol before consulting a Doctor
Specialized Formulation Voltaren Emulgel™

What is Voltaren Emulgel™?

Voltaren Emulgel™ is a specialized formula that’s made with a combination of gel and cream. This enables the active ingredient—diclofenac—to penetrate deep at the site of pain. When applied to the skin, Voltaren Emulgel™ creates a cooling and moisturizing effect.

Hand holding Voltaren product

The Active Ingredient in Voltaren: Diclofenac

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is often used to treat arthritis pain. It falls in the same class of drugs as naproxen (Aleve). Diclofenac works by temporarily blocking the production of pain-signaling chemicals called prostaglandins.