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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Voltaren is a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication used for arthritis pain relief. It is commonly taken for osteoarthritis pain relief but may also be used for joint inflammation resulting from minor injury. The active ingredient in Voltaren oral – Diclofenac – works to limit the production of pain-signaling chemicals in the body called prostaglandins. Voltaren oral may also be prescribed for ankylosing spondylitis treatment or for other conditions where intense pain caused by inflammation is one symptom of a condition. Pain relief after cataract surgery is another possibility.
The standard Voltaren dosage is to take one 75mg tablet 2 to 4 times a day depending on what is indicated in your prescription and your individual pain relief needs. Tablets should be taken whole and with water. It may be better to take this medication with food or milk if stomach upset occurs, and you should not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking oral Voltaren.
Do not increase indicated dosage or take more than 4 Voltaren tablets in a day. If pain reliever medication is not providing sufficient relief you should speak to your doctor again.
The active ingredient in Voltaren oral is Diclofenac.
Use of Voltaren may not be appropriate if you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, ulcers, liver or kidney disease, asthma, or if you are smoker. Speak with a doctor if you have any of these concerns.
Anyone under the age of 18 should get a doctor’s approval before using Voltaren for pain relief
It is best to limit alcohol consumption and not smoke while using Voltaren medication.
Medication should not be taken by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding unless a doctor approves this action.
Reading product label for additional safety information is recommended.
Voltaren side effects are uncommon, but some users may experience upset stomach, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, gas, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. If side effects are experienced you may want to stop use and talk to a medical health professional about inflammation pain relief treatment alternatives.