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User Reviews for Diclofenac topical to treat Pain

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

Diclofenac topical has an average rating of 7.0 out of 10 from a total of 242 ratings for the treatment of Pain. 64% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 23% reported a negative effect.

Diclofenac topical Rating Summary

7.0/10 average rating

242 ratings from 264 user reviews.

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Reviews for Diclofenac topical

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

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “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.”

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

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “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
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Kat · Taken for less than 1 month June 8, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “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
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Earth Muffin · Taken for less than 1 month July 25, 2013

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “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
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Bob · Taken for less than 1 month September 5, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “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”

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

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “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
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Bob c · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 8, 2019

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “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
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SML1950 · Taken for less than 1 month January 21, 2019

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I am in my 60's and woke up with pain (6/10) in my back. I had not experienced such intense pain, except for a kidney stone attack when I was in my 30's. I took two 50mg Tramadol tablets and after an hour, there was no relief. I had my daughter take me to the emergency room, I almost called the ambulance because I could barely move. The doctor determined that it was not a kidney stone, so they sent me home with a prescription for Voltaren. I was a little concerned that they had given me a prescription for a Bengay related cream. However, this gel did the trick. As a many reviews here indicate. I received relief in 10-15 minutes and within the half-hour I was able to walk around with little or no pain. It was just short of miraculous.”

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Dan0 · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 19, 2014

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “Used to treat severe back pain with spasms. Gave me good pain relief but didn't help quiet spasms. Very pleased to find a pain reliever other than narcotics that helped reduce my lower back, neck, and leg pain.”

9 / 10
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Pixietwin · Taken for less than 1 month October 31, 2019

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “Have severe tendinitis of both wrists. Had been using Pennsaid but it is difficult to apply to wrist as it is a liquid-gel. Looked this product up online and asked my orthopedic surgeon for a prescription which he agreed. Comes with a little plastic measurement card to apply the right amount. Since I was applying to both wrists I measured out 1/2 dose because it’s better to use less than more. Supposed to apply twice a day, and I only applied the medicine a total of 5 or 6 times. Woke up this morning and saw both wrists had peeling skin. Went to the manufacturer’s website for Amneal. Apparently this is a side effect called exfoliative dermatitis. It says to discontinue product if you have this or any type of rash. So that was the extent of my use of this product. Disappointed that after five or six applications I’ve had this reaction.”

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Anonymous May 17, 2014

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I was diagnosed with neuropathy in my right knee down to my foot. This pain started when I was pregnant with my first son 23 years ago. It has gotten worse over the years. To make matters worse, I tore ligaments in my ankle from a fall at work. Finally after worker's comp. only with my ankle, I was referred to a neurologist. They did many tests and indicated that it was a sensory nerve injury. He gave me a sample of this gel and told me to apply it 4x a day. It worked wonders. Pain was gone! I hope it continues to works this well in the future.”

9 / 10
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swmell · Taken for less than 1 month March 28, 2019

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “In a nutshell all of the discs in my desk are compressed severely causing the nerves to literally be firing off like fire in my shoulders, upper arm, under arm, forearm and hands. Thus causing my muscles to tighten severely which then pull down on my neck causing the discs to compress even more. Doctor prescribed muscle relaxers finally but the muscle in my arm is a tough little cookie. Even after massages. So, tried this cream and OMG within one minute it was not painful any longer. I wish I could give this away for Christmas presents. I'm happy to have been prescribed this medication. It's make my life tolerable.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month February 8, 2013

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I have had horrible shooting pain in my face and head from Trigerminal neuralgia. I was written a script by my doctor who said to try it on the temple and jaw to stop the pain. Low and behold within minutes the pain stopped! This is honestly one of the best medications out there, it's amazing to have relief so quickly!”

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Perkytires January 7, 2017

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I was hit by a police car in 2002. I was in recovery for a year. From the head down. Broken jaw, 4 disks crushed my neck. Both collar bones, 7 broken ribs and a shatered pelvis. So many pills, patches and injections. Under the knife many times. A real humpty dumpty story. I have more pins, screws in me than your local hard wear store. Note: I don't want to over state the how effective it is but it works. Talking to my doctor about the pain. He gave me this to try. Well my 1st thought was "just another snake oil" But it'sfreak'in amazing, it works like magic. Why did I not recive this years ago. The Drugest gave me a stupid look. And said it just became generic. All those years I would have paid anything. When your in pain, money is no object”

8 / 10
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WildLifeLover · Taken for less than 1 month February 4, 2015

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “Unbelievable. I just used this for the first time and had relief in about 15 minutes. 13 years of pain shots 12 doctors, 2 surgeries and I put on this gel and feel so much better. For me, it is a miracle.”

10 / 10
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PJ · Taken for less than 1 month January 20, 2020

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I have painful tennis elbow. I’ve been prescribed this from both my GP and now my ORTHO. I’m in the ORTHO’s office now to have them go another direction. This stuff does absolutely nothing. Aspercreme with lidocaine works better than this. This pain is horrible. Hopefully there is something else. Maybe for arthritis. I have no idea how I got this. I guess from typing. I’m on a computer all day and just can’t handle this pain.”

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Maggie Pringlemeir · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 12, 2016

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I have lived on a formal pain regimine for many years. Among other conditions, I live with psoriatic arthritis and deal with IBS/here from sensitivities to some medications. My internist prescribed Voltaren Gel for me a few years ago. My pharmacist told me to use it sparingly, that with this product less is more. I have followed her advice and use it on an as needed basis for pain that my regular meds just don't seem to control. Like when I blew a tendon in my foot walking my Service Dog or when I fell and wound up with a non-displaced fracture of my tibia. Using Voltaren Gel helped me control the pain so well that I was able to walk with a cane. It is AMAZING how effective it has been for me.”

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Dee June 16, 2019

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I broke my ankles 4 times in 8 years but never had pain until I started to have nerve pain in both feet, pain killers and other medication worked for awhile but then it got real bad and started to spread up my legs, so I tried voltaren (which I had already for back) and once again, my pain was minimal”

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ina122 July 28, 2008

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I fell and injured my knees. I have had pain for three weeks. With one application of this medication I was pain free. Of course I am in the process of x-rays and an MRI if needed. I really like this drug. I only wish my insurance would cover it on the lower end. I cannot afford to keep using it at the price it is now. It is NOT very expensive but I am on a limited budget. I give this medication a 10 if not more.”

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Romans1Sixteen · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 4, 2020

“I have a pretty severe case of trigger finger. It keeps me awake at night. My ortho prescribed diclofenac 1%. gel. After about two days of use I can sleep several hours at a time now. I also have worsening arthritis in my finger joints so when I apply the cream to my hands, I also apply a small amount to my finger joints. It works great for me, I'm sorry for those who don't find relief.”

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

“I'm a L2 para/incomplete. I broke my back in a car accident when I was 15. I'm paralyzed. In my 20's I was involved in a fire that burned both my legs and feet quite severely. Right foot amputated 18 months later because of osteomyelitis. I've used pain meds. All of them. Every kind in every amount for years and years. I've been in a wheelchair for the last 4 years after losing my foot. I now have a vertebrae shifting out of place from sitting for so long.. I'm in a lot of pain everyday of my life. My doc prescribed this gel diclofenac sodium gel 1% to apply to my lower back up to 4 times a day instead of narcotic pain meds. I'm having trouble sitting, standing, sleeping. this has given me some short lived relief. For someone with a little less severe set of circumstances, I can easily see this helping. If anyone out there is suffering like me and has tried everything like me... Give this a shot. I'm not out of pain but it's more tolerable. That's progress.”

8 / 10
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StaceyBgood July 8, 2016

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I have a sprained rotator cuff. I was prescribed Voltaren for Plantar Facilities several months ago. I found no relief from the Voltaren for my feet. When I injured My shoulder, I remembered that had the Voltaren so I figured it couldn't hurt to try it. WOW!! AMAZING!! Nothing I have tried orally can even come close to the Voltaren. It is like a miracle. I have never found any medication for anything that was more effective. I guess it just works better for some injuries than others. It is , however, very short acting. But the pain relief it provides is priceless. I have arthritis in my hands, I don't find it helps with that pain. For the certain types of injury it works better than narcotic medication. Smells great Absorbs quickly.”

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Kassyrobe · Taken for less than 1 month November 3, 2014

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I have had neck pain, stiffness and spasms in my shoulder and neck for over two years. I had multiple MRI scans to try and diagnose where the pain was coming from. Two days after taking Voltaren in tablet form the symptons seemed to dissapear! I feel alive again and can't believe the relief it has given me. I'm not 100% back to normal but I'm nearly back to full health now. Fantastic stuff !”

9 / 10
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Mackenzee · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 19, 2015

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “I have been using Voltaren gel for months for chronic upper back & neck pain and for chronic migraine. It has been prescribed as an adjunct medicine for me in either case, not my primary medicine. I love this stuff! It absorbs very quickly and usually works well for me for a few hours post application. So far I have had no negative side effects from using it, just relief!”

9 / 10
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mimilove January 14, 2013

Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel (diclofenac): “My grandmother had Voltaren gel for her, but when my knee wouldn't bend and I began to have pain, she let me use her gel. So far, I've placed it on my right knee and the pain was almost gone. I've placed the gel on again and the pain is disappearing. I'm 19 and there is no way I should be having joint pain...the gel works great.”

10 / 10
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