Diclofenac (brand names include: Voltaren / Voveran / Voltarol / Voltarol SR / Voltarol Retard / Voltarol Rapid / Diclomax SR / Diclomax Retard / Motifene / Defenac / Diclofex / Diclozip / Dyloject / Fenactol / Flamrase / Flamatak / Econac / Rhumalgan SR / Rhumalgan XL / Volsaid SR) belongs to a group of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Diclofenac comes as regular strength (50 mg) tablets and SR (slow release) 100 mg tablets.
Diclofenac relieves pain and reduces inflammation (swelling and redness) that may occur in the following:
different types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis;
other painful conditions where swelling is a problem such as back pain, rheumatism, muscle strains, sprains and tendonitis (eg. tennis elbow);
menstrual cramps (period pain).
Diclofenac is not addictive.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Diclofenac exactly as directed.
Regular strength tablets:
Your doctor may start your treatment with anywhere from 50 to 150 mg per day, depending on your situation. After the early stages of treatment your doctor may change your dosage.
SR (slow release) tablets:
The recommended daily dose of Diclofenac SR tablets is 75 mg - 150 mg.
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water. Do not chew them.
Tell your doctor before taking Voltaren, if:
you are allergic to amy medicines;
you have an ulcer (gastric or duodenal) or bleeding from the stomach or bowel;
you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: diclofenac sodium.