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Voltaren enteric-coated tablets
Generic Name: diclofenac (dye-KLOE-fen-ak)
Brand Name: Voltaren
Voltaren enteric-coated tablets are a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It may cause an increased risk of serious and sometimes fatal heart and blood vessel problems (eg, a heart attack, stroke). The risk may be greater if you already have heart problems or if you take Voltaren enteric-coated tablets for a long time. Do not use Voltaren enteric-coated tablets right before or after bypass heart surgery.
Voltaren enteric-coated tablets may cause an increased risk of serious and sometimes fatal stomach ulcers and bleeding. Elderly patients may be at greater risk. This may occur without warning signs.
Voltaren enteric-coated tablets are used for:
Treating pain and inflammation caused by certain conditions (eg, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Voltaren enteric-coated tablets are an NSAID. Exactly how it works is not known. It may block certain substances in the body that are linked to inflammation. NSAIDs treat the symptoms of pain and inflammation. They do not treat the disease that causes those symptoms.
Do NOT use Voltaren enteric-coated tablets if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Voltaren enteric-coated tablets
- you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, trouble breathing, growths in the nose, dizziness) to aspirin or another NSAID (eg, ibuprofen, celecoxib)
- you have recently had or will be having bypass heart surgery
- you have severe kidney problems
- you are in the last 3 months of pregnancy
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Voltaren enteric-coated tablets:
Some medical conditions may interact with Voltaren enteric-coated tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of kidney or liver disease, diabetes, or stomach or bowel problems (eg, bleeding, perforation, ulcers)
- if you have a history of swelling or fluid buildup, asthma, growths in the nose (nasal polyps), or mouth inflammation
- if you have high blood pressure, blood disorders (eg, porphyria), bleeding or clotting problems, heart problems (eg, heart failure), blood vessel disease (eg, in the brain or heart), or if you are at risk of any of these diseases
- if you have poor health, dehydration or low fluid volume, low blood sodium levels, or you drink alcohol or have a history of alcohol abuse
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Voltaren enteric-coated tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), aspirin, clopidogrel, corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), direct factor Xa inhibitors (eg, rivaroxaban), heparin, prasugrel, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine) because the risk of bleeding, including stomach bleeding, may be increased
- Azole antifungals (eg, itraconazole, voriconazole), bisphosphonates (eg, risedronate), or probenecid because they may increase the risk of Voltaren enteric-coated tablets's side effects
- Rifamycins (eg, rifampin) because they may decrease Voltaren enteric-coated tablets's effectiveness
- Cyclosporine, lithium, methotrexate, other NSAIDs (eg, ibuprofen), quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin), or tenofovir because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Voltaren enteric-coated tablets
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, enalapril) or diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Voltaren enteric-coated tablets
- Medicines that may harm the liver (eg, acetaminophen, ketoconazole, isoniazid, certain medicines for HIV infection, certain antibiotics or seizure medicines) because the risk of liver side effects may be increased. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of your medicines might harm the liver
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Voltaren enteric-coated tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Voltaren enteric-coated tablets:
Use Voltaren enteric-coated tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Voltaren enteric-coated tablets comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Voltaren enteric-coated tablets refilled.
- Take Voltaren enteric-coated tablets by mouth. It may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach. Taking it with food may not lower the risk of stomach or bowel problems (eg, bleeding, ulcers). Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have persistent stomach upset.
- Swallow Voltaren enteric-coated tablets whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
- Take Voltaren enteric-coated tablets with a full glass of water (8 oz [240 mL]) as directed by your doctor.
- If you miss a dose of Voltaren enteric-coated tablets and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Voltaren enteric-coated tablets.
Important safety information:
- Voltaren enteric-coated tablets may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Voltaren enteric-coated tablets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Serious stomach ulcers or bleeding can occur with the use of Voltaren enteric-coated tablets. Taking it in high doses or for a long time, smoking, or drinking alcohol increases the risk of these side effects. Taking Voltaren enteric-coated tablets with food will NOT reduce the risk of these effects. Contact your doctor or emergency room at once if you develop severe stomach or back pain; black, tarry stools; vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds; or unusual weight gain or swelling.
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Voltaren enteric-coated tablets are an NSAID. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has an NSAID (eg, ibuprofen) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Do not take aspirin while you are using Voltaren enteric-coated tablets unless your doctor tells you to.
- Do not switch between different forms of Voltaren enteric-coated tablets (eg, enteric-coated tablets, immediate-release tablets) unless your doctor tells you to. They may not provide the same amount of medicine to your body.
- Lab tests, including kidney and liver function, blood electrolyte levels, complete blood cell counts, and blood pressure, may be performed while you use Voltaren enteric-coated tablets. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Voltaren enteric-coated tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially bleeding and kidney problems.
- Voltaren enteric-coated tablets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Voltaren enteric-coated tablets may cause harm to the fetus. Do not use it during the last 3 months of pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Voltaren enteric-coated tablets while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Voltaren enteric-coated tablets.
Possible side effects of Voltaren enteric-coated tablets:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; gas; headache; heartburn; nausea; stomach upset.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; trouble breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or black, tarry stools; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; confusion; coughing up blood; depression; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes; numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; severe or persistent stomach pain or nausea; severe vomiting or diarrhea; shortness of breath; sudden or unexplained weight gain; swelling of the hands, legs, or feet; swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, pale stools, persistent loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin or eyes); unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual joint or muscle pain; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision or speech changes; vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Voltaren enteric-coated tablets:
Store Voltaren enteric-coated tablets at room temperature, below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Voltaren enteric-coated tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Voltaren enteric-coated tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Voltaren enteric-coated tablets are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Voltaren enteric-coated tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Voltaren enteric-coated tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Voltaren enteric-coated tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Voltaren enteric-coated tablets.