I recently heard about Voltaren Gel for treatment of Osteoarthritis. I'm wondering if anyone has used it and does it work in relieving the pain? I did some research online, but I don't know of anyone that has used this topical form of Voltaren. I have severe osteo and rheumatoid arthritis and live in constant pain. The only NSAID that ever helped a little was Vioxx, which of course if off the market now. Just wondering if it would be worth a try or would I be wasting my money since I don't have RX insurance.
Voltaren Gel - Does it Work?
Question posted by Anonymous on 4 Oct 2009
Last updated on 7 November 2017 by Jeff from Wisconsin
The link below has reviews made by people who have used Voltaren Gel, some have used it for osteoarthritis. You may find it useful.
Oral naproxen and other non steroidal noninflammatory drugs have stopped working for me. I have bad osteoarthritis in my toes and fingers. The joints are swollen and very painful. The constant pain in the toe and finger joints from walking or using my hands will prevent me from sleeping and make me desire to not walk and use my hands. I refuse to let osteoarthritis win. After applying the gel to my fingers and toes the constant pain fads away. The gel is not a "pain killer" it is an inflammation reducer. I love this stuff. Your hands and feet will be very slippery after application and beware, you will not be able to hold a glass or might slip on the floor until it "dries" so to speak. Even after it dries getting fingers wet makes everything slippery again.
It works great!!! I got a sample from my pain management dr. I have MS, and Fibro, with major nerve damage on my left side from a car accident. But my insurance will not approve me to get it, even though it helped me to actually get sleep. Just rub it on the spots that are pounding and in minutes they stop. My insurance would rather me put more pills down my throat so I am more out of it and more sick instead of feeling better. But I would get it if you can.
The Voltaren Gel for topical use was prescribed to me by my Arthroscopic doctor for arthritis pain and swelling on a injury of the back of my hand. Within minutes of application it seemed to be working. I keep rubbing it for one week until the swelling was gone. The pain left my hand within two days,
But I seemed to have gotten diarrhea as a side effect. That took some Peptol Bismol to relieve it.
I have used this medication for a while Voltaren Gel (Diclofenac cream 5%); the prescription strength. It helps a great deal the majority of the time, depending on my pain level. I also have osteoarthritis, along with other health problems. I use it on my back, neck, shoulders, back, wrist, knees, ankles, feet; basically my whole body. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.
It works great!
I, too, have RA and osteoarthritis, and quite literally, I share your pain. Voltaren Gel has been the best thing for me since Vioxx was taken off the market. I use it for hands, feet, knees, occasionally neck. I'm now able to participate in warm pool water aerobics, which helps everything as well.
I try to have the area quite clean before applying the gel, and let it dry before dressing the area or working with my hands. Since it is pricy, I try to apply when I won't have to wash the area for a good while so there's time to absorb.
I used Voltaren Gel for Osteoarthritus and it worked pretty well. Another topical solution you may want to try, that I use for my knee's, is Flector Patches. It's a non narcotic NSAID and it has helped me alot. You can only use one at a time. Wouldn't hurt to try, and I think you will be pleased. I think you can go to their site and get a savings voucher. Just a thought. Ask around about them and get some feed back. I know they work wonders for me. Good Luck to You!!
OH YA!!! Voltaren gel is GREAT pain relief for my Osteo knee pain. I took voltaren many yrs ago (I'm 75) and of course because it works sooooo well, our Gov't took it off the market. Now that its back, I'm a happy camper, mostly because I don't like to take med's but this stuff really works. Hope it works well for you. I also used Vioxx before it also disappeared where all good med's go and it worked well for me also.
I was just recommended this gel for a radio frequency procedure I just had on my hip. Seems the radio frequency procedure did not do enough and I tried this Voltaren Gel and I was stunned to find it works. I usually have to apply it twice to the affected area but it seems to numb the pain and I can get sleep. I mostly feel the pain at night and this get seems to do the trick pretty good. The best I have tried so far so I recommend this highly. (I am in constant pain and cannot take pain pills at night, so I have tried all the rubs, patches and procedures and SO FAR, this stuff seems to be the best).
I have used it for several years off and on. I have autoimmune disease and already on so many medications, my physician did not want me taking anything else orally if not necessary. I have osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis in my lumbar spine and I use it for that. It is a cold gel that does not have any lingering residue on clothes, etc. I use it combined with heat and it has been good for me. Does it take it all away? NO. And I was also on Vioxx and haven't found anything any better since it was taken away.
This gel is rather expensive and there are places online to look for that will give discounts on it. I would ask for a sample and try before investing money in it which is what my physician did. I also had a flare of arthritis/bursitis with 3 tears in my shoulder that put me to bed for two weeks; could not move... I had one steroid injection in the shoulder bursa and used the Voltaren and I could definitely sense some relief with it. Hope this helps
It depends. It was prescribed for me to use on my back and it did nothing. I've been having problems with gout and used it on my big toe and it works great. So, it depends.
Volteren gel is very good to use for pain caused by arthritus, I have volterol tablets and use the gel although you cannot use both at the same time. As a form of relief for joint pain i would say it is worth having, to rub on the area where the pain is, in my case the knees mainly. Give it a try, I think you will definately find it works and gives some relief from pain.
I do not know if you have tried, Naltrexone (do not know if it comes in gel form). It is a good pain reliever for me.
Wishing you a pain free life ahead
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