What is Diclofenac Gel BP?
Diclofenac Gel BP or Diclofenac topical is a NSAID or non steroidal anti inflammatory drug which lowers pain and inflammation causing substances in the body. It is prescribed or used mainly for the treatment of joint pain in the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, or feet mainly due to osteoarthritis. Diclofenac Gel BP is available under various trade names throughout the world, some of which are Voltaren Gel, Voveran Gel (made by Novartis), and Volini Gel (made by Ranbaxy).
Diclofenac Gel BP may also be used for conditions not described here.
Important Information about Diclofenac Gel BP
While the risk of absorbing Diclofenac gel into your blood stream is low, NSAID usage may lead to life threatening heart or circulatory problems such as heart attack or stroke, especially if taken for a prolonged period. This medication is not recommended just before or after a heart bypass surgery. You must seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or difficulties in vision or balance after taking Diclofenac Gel BP.
Diclofenac Gel BP may also impact stomach or intestines severely by causing bleeding or perforation in them. Inform your doctor right away if you witness symptoms of stomach and intestinal bleeding such as stools which are black, bloody, or tarry in appearance; bloody cough or vomit that resembles coffee grounds. These effects can be dangerous and fatal and come up without any warning while you are on Diclofenac Gel BP treatment. The risk is high, especially in older adults. Avoid alcohol while taking this medication as alcohol can complicate the conditions and put you on a higher risk of bleeding.
Diclofenac Gel BP is a NSAID (non steroidal anti inflammatory drug). Some common medications also contain NSAIDs so if you are already using them, then taking Diclofenac Gel BP along with them will lead to too much of NSAID in your body. Read the labels of those medicines carefully and look carefully if they contain NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.
Diclofenac Gel BP is a FDA pregnancy category D drug. This medication has the potential to harm an unborn baby if taken while being pregnant. However, the potential benefits of Diclofenac Gel BP may warrant the use of this drug in pregnant women in spite of potential risk. Do not take this medication without the advice of your doctor. It is not known if Diclofenac Gel BP can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Talk to your doctor about this.
Before taking Diclofenac Gel BP
Do not take Diclofenac Gel BP medication (Voltaren, Volini, Voveran) if you are allergic to it or if you have allergies towards other NSAIDs like aspirin and others. Remember to take care of all precautions and points mentioned above before taking this medication. Discuss them with your doctor thoroughly.
To ensure safe use of Diclofenac Gel BP medication, let your doctor know in advance if you have any of these conditions: asthma; polyps in your nose; porphyria; bleeding or blood clotting disorder; if you smoke; if you have a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot; liver or kidney disease; heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, or a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding.
How should I take Diclofenac Gel BP?
Take Diclofenac Gel BP (Voltaren, Volini, Voveran) strictly according to your doctor’s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also, do not take this medication after the prescribed period is over.
Do not apply Diclofenac gel on an open skin wound, or on areas affected by eczema, skin rash, or burn injury. Do not cover the treated skin with a bandage or expose it to heat of any kind. Doing so may lead to more of this drug to be absorbed through the skin and may lead to harmful effects. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying Diclofenac gel unless your hands are the affected part.
To get relief from arthritis pain in the foot, spread Diclofenac gel on all the areas of the foot including toes and soles. Do the same in case of hands including fingers and palms. Remember to store Diclofenac gel in a cool and dry place away from any heat or moisture.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Diclofenac Gel BP medication, take it as soon as you remember. Don’t take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to excess medication in your body which can be harmful.
What if I overdose?
In case of an overdose of Diclofenac Gel BP, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immediately.
Things and Activities to avoid while taking Diclofenac Gel BP
Many medications contain NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen. Read the medicine labels carefully and avoid other medicines that contain NSAIDs while taking this medication. Ask your doctor about this. Alcohol consumption is also not recommended while taking Diclofenac Gel BP.
Side Effects due to Diclofenac Gel BP
Diclofenac Gel BP medication like all medications has the potential of causing side effects. Some of the common side effects due to this medication are black, bloody or tarry stools; bloody cough or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; increased blood pressure; diarrhea; upset stomach; nausea; heartburn; stomach pain; constipation; or drowsiness.
The side effects mentioned above are the not the only ones and there may be other side effects which may be rare and serious. Seek medical attention immediately if you get serious side effects while taking Diclofenac Gel BP medication.
Diclofenac Gel BP Dosing Information
Diclofenac Gel BP dosage will be fixed by your doctor after examining you properly. Dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Stick to your doctor’s prescription strictly.
Interaction with other drugs
Some drugs can interact with Diclofenac Gel BP. Let your doctor know in advance if you are using any of these interacting drugs presently: blood thinner like warfarin, cyclosporine, digoxin, diuretic, insulin or oral diabetes medications, isoniazid, pronbenecid, rifampin, secobarbital, teniposide, sertraline, sulfamethoxazole, lithium, methotrexate, steroids, zafirlukast, aspirin or other NSAIDs, heart or blood pressure drugs like benazepril, ramipril or others, or cholesterol-lowering medicine such as fenofibrate or others.
The drugs mentioned here are not the only ones that can interact with Diclofenac Gel BP. There may be others as well. Share the list of all types of medications and related products which you are using with your doctor and never start a new medication without his or her advice.