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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Voltaren
Answer: Voltaren is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. There is no free lunch-the side effects are usually gi. That is gastritis, bleeding ulcers, diarrhea. Any of the non-steroidals work about the same, although occasionally one in a class will work better for one patient than another. Whether it would be helpful would depend a lot on what type of arthritis and how severe it is, but generally used in preference to prednisone except for the inflammatory type of arthritis.
Answer: They both belong to the same general class of drugs called non-sterodial anti-inflammatories. There are 4 subgroups in this class and ibuprofen and voltaren belong to different classes. Some patients will get better relief from one subgroup than the other, in general there is little difference.
Answer: What are the horror stories concerning? In general, it is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory no better or worse than Motrin or Indocin. Some do get better relief from this one since it is in a different subgroup of nsaids and some patients are better with one subgroup than the other. The gi problems are usually the only big problem. Long term with large doses he needs to watch his renal funcion;but, that is true of the whole class.
Answer: Voltaren is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory. It works to decrease pain and inflammation. Side effects are gastritis(occasionally to the point of bleeding, or an ulcer), diarrhea, dyspepsia, and occasional patients experience asthma and/or rash.
Answer: About 10% or so; but, if you are the one it is 100%. Taking cytotec or a h2 blocker can help. Also, try other NSAIDS like Relofen or Daypro. However, the problem that she is currently having is not due to the Voltaren if she has been off for a year. Mayo is an excellent clinic.