Voltaren was originally developed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals; however, now that the patent for the medication has expired, generic Voltaren can be manufactured and sold. Several companies produce the medication, which is sold under the name Diclofenac Sodium tablets. As with the brand-name Voltaren, the generic version is used to treat pain, swelling, and stiffness often seen with various forms of arthritis.
Generic Voltaren: An OverviewVoltaren® (diclofenac sodium) is a medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. Some Voltaren uses include the relief of:
- Osteoarthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling
- Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
- Short-term and long-term symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis.
Voltaren is not a cure for these types of arthritis, however, nor does it slow down the progression of these diseases.
Voltaren and Voltaren-XR were originally developed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. The patents for these drugs have since expired, which means they can now be produced in generic form.
Strengths of Generic VoltarenGeneric Voltaren is sold under the name Diclofenac Sodium tablets. It is available in the following strengths:
- Diclofenac Sodium 25 mg
- Diclofenac Sodium 50 mg
- Diclofenac Sodium 75 mg
- Diclofenac Sodium 100 mg (equivalent to Voltaren-XR).
Who Makes Generic Voltaren?Several companies produce generic versions of Voltaren, including:
- Watson Pharmaceuticals
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- Geneva Pharmaceuticals
- Roxane Laboratories.