Daily Medication Pearl: Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium Topical Gel) for Osteoarthritis

Voltaren treats osteoarthritis pain in the joints amenable to topical treatment, such as the knees and the hands.

Medication Pearl of the Day: Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium Topical Gel)

Indication: Voltaren gel is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug indicated for relief of from the pain of osteoarthritis of joints amenable to topical treatment, such as the knees and the hands.

Insight:

  • Dosing: Apply Voltaren (2 to 4 g) to the affected area 4 times daily. Total dose should not exceed 32 g per day.
  • Dosage form: Voltaren gel (diclofenac sodium topical gel), 1%.
  • Adverse events (AEs): Most common AEs (incidence >2% of patients treated with Voltaren and greater than placebo) are application site reactions, including dermatitis.
  • Mechanism of action: Diclofenac has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic properties.
  • Manufacturer: Endo Pharmaceuticals

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