What Makes Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel Different?

Voltaren is prescription-free arthritis pain relief that can help you rediscover the joy of movement. Whether it’s getting exercise, tackling the daily chores, or trying your hands at a new recipe, however you choose to move, Voltaren helps ease the pain of arthritis, so you can take on the day your way.

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Get Moving and Grooving Again with Voltaren

For arthritis sufferers, just getting out of bed in the morning can be painful. Fortunately, Voltaren makes waking up less painful with the first full prescription-strength over-the-counter topical NSAID treatment for arthritis pain. Start the day on the right foot with Voltaren.

Our Diclofenac Gel Formulation

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel is composed of a non-greasy formula that combines both a gel and a cream, also known as an Emulgel™. When applied to the skin this specialized Emulgel™ formula helps the active ingredient, diclofenac, penetrate deep through the skin for powerful arthritis pain relief.

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

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel

21 Days

Tylenol

10 Days

Aleve

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

Voltaren vs. Other Pain Relievers

Applied topically for targeted pain relief

Contains Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)

Can be used up to 21 days without consulting a physician

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel

Aleve Pain Reliever Caplets

Tylenol Arthritis Pain

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 vs. Other OTC Topicals

Contains Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)

Full Prescription Strength

Menthol Scent

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel

Aleve Pain Reliever Caplets

Tylenol Arthritis Pain

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Voltaren Emulgel™?

    Voltaren is made of a smooth, non-greasy formula that combines a gel and cream (Voltaren Emulgel™) for topical application. This specialized formula helps the active ingredient, diclofenac, penetrate through the skin at the site of pain. While most other topicals heat or cool the surface of the skin to mask the pain, Voltaren goes further to treats the pain at its source by blocking the production of pain-signaling chemicals.

  • How is Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel different from other over-the-counter topical pain relievers?

    Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel vs. Topicals


    Voltaren is the first full prescription strength OTC topical NSAID gel for arthritis pain. Many other OTC topical products temporarily mask arthritis pain by creating a heating or cooling sensation on the skin. Voltaren is applied to the painful area and penetrates deep to treat arthritis pain by temporarily blocking the production of pain signaling chemicals.

  • How is Voltaren different from Aspercreme?

    Voltaren vs. Aspercreme: What's the Difference? | Voltaren


    Aspercreme offers a range of products including lidocaine products (Aspercreme® Lidocaine and Aspercreme® Lidocaine + Aromatherapy). They also offer topical analgesics containing active ingredients like capsaicin or trolamine salicylate (Aspercreme® Original). Voltaren is a full prescription strength non-steroidal anti-inflammatory gel. The active ingredient in Voltaren is diclofenac sodium, a NSAID that works by temporarily blocking the production of pain-signaling chemicals called prostaglandins. Voltaren treats pain at the source.

  • How is Voltaren different from Salonpas?

    Voltaren vs. Salonpas: What's the Difference? | Voltaren


    Salonpas includes both lidocaine products and general topical analgesics containing menthol and camphor. Salonpas products with lidocaine and benzyl alcohol work by desensitizing the nerves to numb away the pain, while the Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch contains a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called methyl salicylate. Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel also contains an NSAID called diclofenac sodium. It works by temporarily blocking the production of pain-signaling chemicals called prostaglandins. However, unlike Salonpas products, Voltaren is a full prescription strength gel that is available over-the counter (OTC).

    In addition, Voltaren is FDA-approved to be used daily for 21 days in a row before consulting a doctor, while products like Salonpas Pain Relief Patch are approved for 3 days of use before consulting a doctor.

  • How is Voltaren different from Icy Hot and other lidocaine products?

    Voltaren vs. Icy Hot: What's the Difference? | Voltaren


    Icy Hot offers a range of products that include active ingredients such as lidocaine and menthol. Menthol is a counterirritant and works by cooling then heating the surface of the skin. Lidocaine is an anesthetic and works by numbing the painful area. Voltaren, on the other hand, relieves pain by temporarily blocking the production of pain-signaling chemicals called prostaglandins. Voltaren is the first full prescription strength OTC topical NSAID gel for joint pain due to arthritis.

  • How does Voltaren differ from topical pain relievers like Biofreeze?

    Voltaren vs. Biofreeze: What's the Difference? | Voltaren


    Biofreeze contains menthol, and like other menthol-containing products, it alleviates pain via counter-irritation, specifically cooling the surface of the skin. Voltaren instead treats pain by temporarily blocking the production of pain-signaling chemicals called prostaglandins. Additionally, Voltaren is developed specifically to relieve arthritis joint pain. It’s the first full prescription strength OTC topical NSAID gel for arthritis joint pain and has been trusted by doctors and patients in the U.S. for over 10 years.

  • How does Voltaren differ from topical pain relievers like Bengay?

     Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel Voltaren vs. Bengay: What's the Difference? | Voltaren


    Bengay offers a range of products including active ingredients such as camphor, menthol, and methyl salicylate, which work by heating or cooling the surface of the skin to relieve pain. Some Bengay products contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic that works by numbing the painful area. Voltaren works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, your body’s pain-signaling chemicals. Voltaren, an OTC NSAID gel, is a prescription strength topical pain reliever. It was developed specifically to relieve arthritis joint pain and has a non-greasy, clean scent.

  • Voltaren Arthritis Pain vs. Diclofenac: What’s the difference?

    With a proven safety profile for 10+ years, Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel is an effective topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) arthritis pain reliever. Diclofenac is the generic name for the active ingredient in Voltaren Arthritis Pain. Diclofenac is also available in oral formulations for a broader range of pain indications.

    Voltaren Arthritis Pain is made of a smooth, non-greasy formula that combines a gel and cream (Voltaren Emulgel™) for topical application. This specialized formula helps the active ingredient, diclofenac, penetrate through the skin at the site of pain. It is the first full prescription strength OTC topical NSAID gel designed specifically to treat arthritis pain. Voltaren Gel was previously doctor prescribed in the US for more than a decade but now is available without a prescription.

  • What’s the difference between Voltaren Arthritis Pain and Voltarol?

    Voltaren Arthritis Pain and Voltarol are two names for similar pain-relieving medicine. In the US, this drug is referred to as “Voltaren Arthritis Pain.” In the UK, this OTC drug is called “Voltarol.” Both Voltaren Arthritis Pain and Voltarol refer to similar topical products that contain forms of diclofenac as their active ingredient. When you purchase Voltaren Arthritis Pain, you are buying the original formula of our prescription strength arthritis pain gel relief, whereas other retailers like Walgreens may sell their own versions. These alternative versions are not the same as Voltaren Arthritis Pain or Voltarol.

  • How is over-the-counter Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel different from prescription Voltaren Gel?

    Over-the-counter Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel is the same strength and formula as original full prescription strength Voltaren Gel but is available without a prescription.

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Relieving Gel Package

Use as directed.

Feel the Joy of Movement

An alternative to pills, Voltaren helps you take on your day by targeting pain directly at the source to deliver clinically-proven nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine. Discover powerful arthritis pain relief with a proven safety profile.​

Where to Buy Voltaren Gel

Available in stores and online at major retailers nationwide.