Voltarol Ireland or Voltaren (generic name: Diclofenac) refers to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The basic principle of Diclofenac’s work is to reduce the substances that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Voltarol Ireland is indicated for the treatment of the symptoms and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, as well as mild to moderate pain.
Do not use Voltarol Ireland if you have a history of allergic reactions to aspirin and / or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Voltarol can also cause bleeding in the gut or stomach, which can be really fatal. These conditions can occur without warning signs while taking Voltarol, especially in the elderly.
Voltarol Ireland may increase the risk of fatal heart attack and / or stroke if the patient has heart problems, or if it is taken for a long time or at high doses. The risk of a stroke or heart attack still persists in people who do not have heart disease or certain risk factors during treatment with Voltarol Ireland. Therefore, do not use Voltarol immediately before or immediately after heart bypass surgery (such as coronary artery bypass graft surgery or CABG).
You should refrain from taking Voltarol if you are allergic to diclofenac after taking NSAIDs or aspirin, or if you have ever had asthma attacks and / or severe allergic reactions.
To make sure that Voltarol is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of the following:
- history of stroke, heart attack or blood clots;
- If you have heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or you smoke asthma;
- history of gastric bleeding or ulcers;
- kidney or liver disease;
- fluid retention.
You should also avoid taking Voltarol Ireland during the last 3 months of pregnancy as it may harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant soon or if you are already planning to become pregnant. It is not known whether diclofenac can pass into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended during treatment. Voltarol Ireland is not for use in patients under 18 years of age.
How to take Voltarol
You should take Voltarol Ireland exactly as your doctor advised. Take the dose as instructed. Follow all instructions on the prescription label. Your doctor may decide to change your dose from time to time. Do not take Voltarol Ireland for longer than recommended. Take the lowest effective dose to treat your condition. Do not crush, chew or crush Voltarol tablets and swallow the tablet whole. Long-term use of Voltarol may require frequent medical check-ups. Store Voltarol at room temperature and away from heat and moisture. Always close the bottle tightly when not in use. Read the full patient information, instructions and package leaflet available to you. If you have any further questions, ask your doctor and / or pharmacist.
If you experience or have signs of an allergic reaction to Voltarol (such as runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives and swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat), contact your doctor immediately.
Seek medical attention if you experience signs of a stroke or heart attack: sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your body, chest pain in your shoulder or jaw, shortness of breath or slurred speech.
Stop taking Voltarol Ireland and contact your doctor immediately if you have any of the following:
shortness of breath (even with weak movements);
First signs of a rash (no matter how mild);
rapid weight gain or swelling;
signs of gastric bleeding: tarry or bloody stools, coffee-like vomiting, cough;
Kidney problems – little or no urination, difficulty or pain when urinating, swelling of the ankles or feet, tiredness or shortness of breath;
Liver problems – epigastric pain, nausea, tiredness, itching, flu-like symptoms, dark urine, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin);
low red blood cell count (anemia) – dizziness, pale skin, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, fast pulse;
High blood pressure – palpitations in the ears or throat, severe headache, anxiety, nosebleeds, confusion;
Severe skin reactions – sore throat, fever, swelling of the tongue or face, burning eyes, purple or red skin rash (especially on the upper body or face), causing widespread skin pain and peeling or blistering.
Common side effects of Voltarol include:
- constipation, diarrhea;
- gas, indigestion, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting;
- clogged nose;
- headache, drowsiness