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User Reviews for Diclofenac topical

Also known as: Pennsaid, Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel, Flector Patch, Solaraze, Diclozor, Xrylix

Diclofenac topical has an average rating of 7.1 out of 10 from a total of 430 ratings on 64% of those users who reviewed Diclofenac topical reported a positive effect, while 23% reported a negative effect.

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Reviews for Diclofenac topical

Skepticgirl · Taken for less than 1 month May 6, 2021

For Pain: “The ONLY thing that works for my peripheral neuropathy. Yes, Cymbalta marginally hampers the pain, but one develops a tolerance after daily dosage and years of use...not to mention its strange psychotropic side effects. Diclofenac gel puts the fire out fast and relief lasts for days. I plan on using it infrequently, only when I have major flares to ensure its efficacy in urgent situations. Diclofenac gel is a life saver...and I'm a very tough audience. This skeptic wants the world of PN sufferers to know that relief is possible. Hard to believe but true!”

9 / 10
Ashton April 30, 2021

For Pain: “I had been using tiger balm. Then the Doctor prescribed this stuff. I have some pain in joints. Worse is pain that runs from the top of my hand up my forearm when I write, type, or use phone keyboard a few hours. This stuff is useless. A laundry list of side effects for a worthless product. I'm going back to tiger balm or something similar. Length of use? I use when I have pain. I don't constantly strain the top of my hand generating the pain/strain up my arm. Only tried this a few times.”

1 / 10
Liz · Taken for less than 1 month April 16, 2021

Pennsaid (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I was given samples of this for arthritis pain in my foot due to a previous injury. I used just a little bit of it each day to make sure I wasn’t allergic. I thought after a few days it was safe but then about 4 days later I broke out in this horrible rash on my foot. It itches, burns, I can’t sleep at night, and it’s gone from red, to purple, and now swollen and red with some boils. If you have any allergies please be careful with this medication. It’s been a week and my foot is still awful looking.”

1 / 10
Ell · Taken for 10 years or more June 15, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I have been using the Gel for many years off and on for pain. Always purchased it in Europe. So happy to see that it is available over the counter in US now. Have never had any side effects. I highly recommend this product for pain. I am 78 years old.”

10 / 10
Christine · Taken for less than 1 month June 4, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I have osteoarthritis in both knees but periodically my right knee flares up and a Baker's cyst forms behind the knee. I have been using the Voltaren Gel for 4 days now and I can definitely see the inflammation has gone down and the stiffness is 80% gone. I was hoping to avoid a steroid shot which is what I usually have to have in such instances. I think this has gotten me past that need so I am very thankful and I recommend the product. Costco now carries the product in a 3 tube package”

9 / 10
Sorry I even tried this · Taken for less than 1 month June 6, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Pain: “I have chronic intractable pain caused by a car accident 50 years ago. 40 years later: fused/plated/screws/rods/ nuts/bolts from C2-C7. Also L-spine issues, shoulder tears, arthritis, muscle spasms, lots of nerve damage. 30 years ago I learned oral anti-inflammatory medications were not my friends. When Voltaren gel was new I tried it a couple of times but found no relief. I recently decided to try Voltaren gel again. BIG MISTAKE ON MY PART! Following the directions I applied a pea-sized amount in a very small area. 3 days & 6 applications later, my stomach began to burn. It continued up my esophagus to mouth, lips & tongue. It was agony! I caution others with sensitivities or allergies to NSAIDS to think twice before using this medication. It took a full four weeks for the burning to stop. I can't help but be concerned as this medication goes OTC. If I could give a negative number for Voltaren gel, I would. If I could assign the actual number of days used, I would.”

1 / 10
Urie · Taken for less than 1 month June 8, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Pain: “I have been in 6 major car crashes, standing still, none my fault, including a Mack truck Aside from numerous surgeries, cages, rods, screws etc from my shoulder, neck & back I have developed severe fibromyalgia (told due 2 multiple trauma) Living in Fl the changes in barometric pressure effect my body. Within 2 days of Voltaren gel a great major of the fibro pain is so improved. No longer feel like I’m walking on black & blues which is what my legs feel like. Cambia (migraines) diclofenac is also a life saving medicine for me. I feel blessed. Thank u”

10 / 10
Tinabug · Taken for less than 1 month May 29, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “Voltaren really helped for me I have osteoarthritis and a lot of swelling in my left knee and I’ve been using it for three days and the swelling is down and the pain is almost gone even though it said you need to use it for a week to see results. I have a bone spur and it feels so much better I’m able to move around like I haven’t been able to in a long time ”

10 / 10
Dee May 19, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I have every kind of arthritis! I find voltaren gel fantastic! I’ve tried everything, on my 2nd tube! I wish it would come in a bigger bottle, and a pump bottle verses the tube! Cream goes quick, I paid $12.99, go throw some coupons at us! Overall very pleased!”

10 / 10
Marcy · Taken for less than 1 month October 20, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “Within ten minutes of rubbing in the Voltaren Gel I all of a sudden felt sick and in 30 minutes I had a fever for the next 3 days ranging from 99-104. I had shivers so bad I couldn’t talk. I was so sick I really thought it was the end of me This medication should be banned and is dangerous”

1 / 10
Sophie Jean June 6, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “Volaten Gel was prescribed years ago when it was a prescription and I did feel pain relief in my knee, but my stomach hurt a lot from it. Tried it now that it is over the counter and there is a little help with my knee, but major all day migraine and sweats from using it.”

2 / 10
Mac · Taken for less than 1 month January 24, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “Broke a big toe in high school and had surgery to remove bone spur from this same toe 20 years ago. 3 night ago the occasional pain I felt in the toes was non-stop shooting pain. The orthopod I saw yesterday took xrays and said I had severe osteoarthritis in the 1st joint- not the big joint at the base of the toe, He said the long-term fix is fusing that joint. He also said the joint is too small to inject. He prescribed diclofenac (brand name Voltaren) gel. Yes - gel. You rub in on and around the joint with pain 3-4 times/day. It’s really made a difference - slept 7 hrs solid last night. Still have pains but are about 50% less severe.”

9 / 10
PJ · Taken for less than 1 month September 13, 2019

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I can not take oral anti inflammatories due to over use when younger. Recently my osteoarthritis in my right knee became so severe that I couldn't put any weight on it. The pain was incredible. Within hours of applying this gel the pain and swelling decreased significantly. BUT... 10 days later developed insane headache, bp spiked, digestive problems, etc. Pharmacist said 'no side effects'. Went from applying it through out the day to only when I absolutely have to. Just sayin' ... Be cautious if you've had issues with oral anti inflammatories as the topical diclofenac is absorbed and yes there can be side effects that affect your whole body.”

8 / 10
travellife · Taken for less than 1 month September 11, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “The smell of Voltaren Gel is in my opinion atrocious, like men's cheap aftershave. Especially hard to go to sleep smelling it, seems to take forever to dissipate. That being said I've only been using this since yesterday and I do notice the pain in my knee has improved a bit. The warnings are scary but a cortisone shot did not help me at all so I'm trying other avenues. I'm optimistic about the gel, I like the fact it's a topical treatment allowing you to focus directly on the joint bothering you. If I continue to notice my pain lessening I'll stick with it. Now, if they could just do something about the aroma.”

5 / 10
Petnanny · Taken for less than 1 month June 28, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I just started using this and obtained pretty immediate relief for my knee replacement knee and my other knee with osteoarthritis. I’ve had a difficult recovery from complete knee replacement surgery. Because of severe pain I haven’t been able to continue my PT exercises. Voltaren allows me to do the exercises with quite a bit less pain. I hope that no bad reactions”

7 / 10
Kat · Taken for less than 1 month June 8, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Pain: “Cinda Marie Helen Miller, retired RN, I'm so with you on the -drat- "opioid crisis". It hit a few years ago when I needed help most. Had a hip replaced, with complications. Nerve damage in foot and calf that will last forever. Been on pain meds/gabapentin ever since; maybe 8 years. I've been demeaned by the process of "pain clinics", counting pills, etc. My daughter has let me try her Voltaren. Going out tomorrow to buy my own. Lower back is gone at age 75, plus the nerve damage. Don't feel I can count on medical community taking care of my pain. If it weren't for the occasional urine test I would try products sold by Cannabis shops. Pain is pain. Life shouldn't be this way at age 75.”

7 / 10
Jenny Wren April 25, 2019

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I use voltaren for a painful knee. After applying it daily by hand, I began to notice an amazing improvement in my arthritic hands, the fingers of which were mis-shapen. They began to straighten! Thank you for my almost perfect 80 year old hands!”

10 / 10
66 yr old · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 3, 2021

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I had horrible arthritis in my wrist, no relief from anything - after several weeks of voltaren, pain is gone, can use my wrist and hand like usual, including playing piano and accordian, which I had given up on prior to this gel. I have had zero side effects of any sort- its been a blessing for me”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 6, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “This Voltaren Gel does nothing. I get more relief with aspercreme with lidocane. I have major swelling and arthritis in my knee and my back with sciatica in my back as well.. never felt any relief with this”

2 / 10
Bob · Taken for less than 1 month September 5, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Pain: “Tried this gel for my back pain and Flexor pain.. it immediately made me nauseous and after reading all of the side affects , it doesn’t seem worth the fear of a heart attack or stomach bleeding ... will not use again”

1 / 10
Barracudasue · Taken for less than 1 month January 22, 2014

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “My daughter was given this gel for her leg pain but it had an adverse reaction for her. It burns her and she refuses to use it so she gave me a tube for my arthritis in both my knees, my hip, back and ankles. WOW! This is a dream come true. It seems to work immediately for me and putting it on right before bed allows me to sleep all night because I have slight to no pain. I wake up, use it and then my day goes by MUCH better. I'm going to try to remember to actually take it to work with me so I can apply it there. I keep forgetting. Praise God for allowing me to try this gel. I was leery at first but tried it anyway. I am TRULY amazed and will buy more and more and more. Thank you for this amazing discovery.”

10 / 10
Keith · Taken for less than 1 month December 24, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “Just started Voltaren Gel for my knee and hands. SUPER EXPENSIVE !!!!!! For as much as you have to use in a dose. I think it is OVERPRICED !!!! On that alone I wont be buying it again . Greedy greedy horrible people who set these prices.”

1 / 10
The Iron Lady · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 21, 2019

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Pain: “I have trigger finger, and a knot in the palm of my hand. It would stop throbbing, like with tendinitis. This product was the only product that brought immediate relief. My pharmacist highly recommends this product. I keep in mind it is a prescription and do not overuse. Thanks Voltaren!”

10 / 10
Earth Muffin · Taken for less than 1 month July 25, 2013

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Pain: “I have peripheral nerve damage that caused drop foot and horrible neuropathy. For years I have suffered tingling and burning pain on my left ankle and foot, and the back of my thigh felt badly sunburned. I have seen many doctors including a pain management doctor who prescribed narcotic pain medication. None of these meds took away the burning nerve pain in my foot and the side effects interfered with my ability to concentrate at work. My family doctor prescribed Lyrica and it helped a lot, but I still had constant pain. She prescribed Voltaren gel for me to try and the results are nothing short of a miracle. After only two doses my foot felt better than it ever has since my injury in 1997. The awful constant burning sensation is gone!”

10 / 10
Bob c · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 8, 2019

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Pain: “An important warning two people switching from ibuprofen or other medications that cause stomach bleeding. I found out that voltaren gel does this too. Even though it is a topical lotion. It will still give you serious stomach problems. I found this out the hard way after ditching ibuprofen and other pain relievers, and my blood loss came back just as severe once I started the gel. And I had to go on nexium and iron supplements. I just did not assume this would be the case since it is a gel, but if you look it up you will see that in fact it can be just as dangerous. It works really well. No doubt. I was using too much of the extra strength to make up for stopping I'll leave and Advil. I think if you use smaller doses in a concentrated area, it would still be better than though is however. It started with stomach discomfort and diarrhea. A slow process. But none the less I was back where I had been before with a burnt stomach lining from too much ibuprofen.”

7 / 10
whicket · Taken for 1 to 2 years January 22, 2017

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I have arthritis in my ankles, knees, sacroiliac area, and hip. I also have fibromyalgia. It hurts so much I can barely move. When ever I have pain, I use Voltaren Gel. This stuff is a lifesaver. It helps me regain my joint flexibility and I can move and walk around again. Also, I am not crying out in pain. My life was horrible before Voltaren Gel. Now, I have a normal life again and can manage my symptoms.”

10 / 10
Former athlete · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 20, 2013

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “As a former athlete, I am now suffering the osteoarthritis pain and stiffness from the multiple injuries and trauma caused by playing football. My shoulder pain is so bad that some days I can't lift them high enough to wash my hair or put on my coat. My physician send me for an MRI and the results show there is very little cartilage left, basically "bone on bone". I am in my early 50's and am trying to hold of getting replacements for a few years. I take Percocet when needed, Cymbalta and recently Voltaren gel. Initially, I put 4g on my entire shoulder area, and within 15 minutes, and truly unknown to me, it just simple began "working", as I began to not notice "as much pain"! Only lasts 2-3 hrs, Rx needs to be written to reflect 4g 4 times day.”

Val1 · Taken for less than 1 month November 26, 2012

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I have had right hip pain for two years everyday all day hurts worse when I sit down at work then get up from my desk and try to walk I had started to limp . I tried Naproxen, Celebrex , lodine , Cymbalta and Tramadol nothing took the pain away . I had a MRI and went to see a spine Dr no one could tell me why I had the pain Upon walking into a physical therapy office the receptionist told me about Voltaren gel. I had my Dr. prescribe it after the third day I realized the pain was not as bad and by the fifth day it was barely noticeable. This is a miracle I use a small amount of gel in the morning and maybe another small amount before I go to bed.”

10 / 10

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