Voltaren Gel Side Effects

Clinical studies have shown that skin reactions at the application site were the most common side effect of Voltaren Gel. These reactions included inflammation, redness, and itching. Because Voltaren Gel is a type of NSAID, there are some potentially serious side effects that can occur. Make sure to notify your healthcare provider right away if you have chest pain, difficulty breathing, or rapid weight gain.

An Introduction to Voltaren Gel Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Voltaren® Gel (diclofenac gel). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either 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 Gel. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Voltaren Gel side effects with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Voltaren Gel

Voltaren Gel has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking Voltaren Gel were documented and then compared to the side effects that occurred in another group of people using a placebo gel (a gel that does not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it is possible to see what Voltaren Gel side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
 
In these studies, the most common side effects of Voltaren Gel were skin reactions at the application site. Up to 7 percent of people using Voltaren Gel in short-term studies (and up to 11 percent of people in long-term studies) experienced a skin reaction. These reactions included:
 
  • Inflammation and irritation
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Numbness or other unusual sensations
  • Dryness
  • A bumpy rash.
     
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