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Most side effects of Voltaren are minor and easily treated (for example, dizziness and stomach pain); however, some can be life-threatening. For example, people who take Voltaren with other NSAIDs are at greater risk for heart attack or stroke than people who do not combine these drugs. Potentially serious side effects of this drug include slurred speech, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
An Introduction to Voltaren Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Voltaren® (diclofenac sodium); but not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Voltaren. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Voltaren side effects with you. In addition, the information in this article applies only to the tablet forms of this medication -- Voltaren and Voltaren-XR. This article does not apply to Voltaren® Gel or Voltaren Ophthalmic® eye drops.)
Common Side Effects of Voltaren
Voltaren has been studied extensively in clinical trials, with thousands of people worldwide having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to side effects that occurred in a similar group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the placebo.
Based on these studies, the most common Voltaren side effects include:
- Stomach pain
- Heartburn or indigestion (dyspepsia)
- Unexplained bleeding
- Ulcer in the stomach or intestines (peptic ulcer)
- Increase in liver enzymes
- Unexplained rash
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).