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>Voltaren belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. The mechanism of action of this medicine includes reduction of hormones that can cause pain and inflammation in the body. Voltaren is extensively used in the treatment of pain and inflammation caused by ankylosing spondylitis or arthritis.

Some important facts about this drug:

Voltaren can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems such as stroke or heart attack. Longer you use this medicine; more will be chances of suffering from cardiac diseases. Use of Voltaren is not recommended for patients who have had a bypass surgery or planning for one. Call the doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms: –

• Weakness;
• Chest pain;
• Problems with balance or vision;
• Shortness of breath;
• Slurred speech.

This medicine also increases the risk of gastric ulcers as well as bleeding and perforation in the stomach or intestine. The symptoms of such gastric problems include black and bloody stools, abdominal pain, blood in vomiting, etc. Consumption of alcohol should be avoided during the course of treatment as alcohol increases the chance of gastric ulcer and bleeding caused by Voltaren. The medicine also makes your skin extra sensitive to sunlight and UV rays so better avoid exposing yourself in direct sunlight or artificial UV rays. Administration of this drug is strictly avoided in the following conditions: –

• Allergy to any aspirin and other drugs;
• History of heart attack, blood clot or stroke;
• History of gastric ulcers;
• Kidney or liver disease;
• Polyps in nose;
• Asthma;
• Habit of smoking;
• Bleeding or clotting disorder.
Voltaren falls under FDA pregnancy category C which means that there is no experimental evidence to prove whether this drug can be harmful for the developing embryo or not.

What are the possible side effects associated with this medicine?

Voltaren may show the following side effects: –
• Allergic reactions in the body;
• Weakness, chest pain, slurred speech, shortness of breath and problems with vision or balance;
• Black, bloody stool, blood in cough or vomit, swelling and sudden weight gain;
• Decrease in the micturition rate, stomach ache, nausea, loss of appetite, fever;
• Yellowing of eyes or skin, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, headache, skin rash.


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