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User Reviews for Diclofenac

Also known as: Voltaren, Cataflam, Cambia, Zipsor, Zorvolex

Diclofenac has an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 from a total of 604 ratings on 70% of those users who reviewed Diclofenac reported a positive effect, while 19% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Diclofenac reviews 7.4 604 reviews

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Reviews for Diclofenac

Bets · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 4, 2021

For Muscle Pain: “My doctor wanted to switch me on to this medication instead of taking ibuprofen 800. I took this medicine for severe body pain and it did absolutely nothing. I would not recommend this medication at all. It seems its warnings are far greater than its actually use.”

1 / 10
Password · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 3, 2021

For Period Pain: “My first period came with pain and it has continued that way. I've a lot of drugs and other therapy but every month was bad till I discovered diclofenac. It's at least bearable as long as I take it as soon as my period comes and consistently throughout the 5 days.”

10 / 10
Amy April 27, 2021

For Pain: “Since February 2020, I’ve had shooting pain that seems to come from an ache at the right rear base of my skull. It has become almost unbearable. Sometimes in my neck, sometimes in my upper back, and almost always in my shoulder, down the outside of my bicep, into my lower arm. Also, my right hand sometimes has numbness. I was prescribed Diclofenac Sodium 75mg TBEC, 1 x twice p/d. It does absolutely nothing.”

1 / 10

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Mbz · Taken for less than 1 month October 28, 2020

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Back Pain: “I’ve had a herniated disc (L1-L2) that has not healed in 8 months, I’ve tried chiropractic, two epidural steroid shots and physical therapy. Now that I’m taking Voltaren daily I have much less pain and inflammation, more range of motion and get so much more out of my physical therapy sessions. I finally feel like I am getting my life back.”

10 / 10
Hondoman45 · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 26, 2020

For Sciatica: “I have had sciatica for years now (age 66) and I have experimented with many drugs. My physician has me on 75 mg dose of diclofenac twice a day. I can't tell the difference between one or two pills a day, but if I stop taking pills completely, the pain is very unpleasant. So this does help, but I have to stop and take a break several times during my two mile walks each day. That allows the pain and numbness to temporarily get better in my butt and legs. Muscle relaxants are scary as they leave me zoned out and unsafe to drive and they don't always take away the pain. This generic for voltaren is the best thing yet I've tried that has the least amount of side effects.”

6 / 10
Ned · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 13, 2020

For Sciatica: “I have tried many drug combinations over the years. Some were...”ok,” and some didn’t do a thing for my Sciatica. Then my VA doctor put me on Diclofenac, among with GabapentIn. I can honestly say this stuff works for me! It’s doesn’t take the pain away 100%...but enough to live my life again.”

8 / 10
TweetieMarie · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 9, 2013

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I have been on every NSAID there is, both prescription and non-prescription. Finally a doctor suggested I try Voltaren. I've been on it about 8 years now, and it has helped me keep my narcotic usage to a minimum. It helps the severe osteoarthritis pain in my joints along with the muscle pain I have.”

10 / 10

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Jane · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 11, 2021

For Back Pain: “I am a 49 year old woman with cervical stenosis/myelopathy due to impingement from disc degeneration and bone spurs. Also severe pain from cervical radiculopathy down my right arm. During a terrible flareup six weeks ago with unbearable pain, I began taking 50mg diclofenac three times a day plus paracetamol (acetaminophen), with diazepam and codeine at night when the spasms were bad. Over time, I've achieved pain relief from the diclofenac and have been able to drop the paracetemol, diazepam and codeine. The pain isn't gone completely but I can work, sleep, etc. Anytime I forget to take it, or try stepping down to ibuprofen instead, the pain comes back viciously within hours! So I know it's doing its job. I've had minimal side effects (some constipation). You do need to take it with meals. I understand it's not intended for longterm use, but hoping it will see me through to surgery next year. I'm very grateful for it!”

9 / 10
Charles · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 10, 2020

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Sciatica: “I’ve been struggling with sciatica for almost a decade. Voltaren is fine but I think I've found even a better one. It's called Acuraflex. I've just ordered it so it will come in a few days. I've seen that it has some good ingredients so I think it will be maybe even better than voltaren. Has anyone tried it yet? cheers”

8 / 10
Noor · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 20, 2020

For Period Pain: “diclofenac helps Period Pain a lot like magic!! I have a very strong pain but this helps a lot it reduces the pain, I've been using for years and I haven't noticed any side effects.. You have to try it!!!!”

10 / 10
anonymous January 25, 2019

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Sciatica: “If you apply the ointment/gel cover it up with a piece Saranwrap - no need to wait for it to dry and it can incubate that way without anybody noticing. Try to do this when you feel the first signs of sciatica...that'll do the trick.”

10 / 10
Marky May 9, 2019

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Back Pain: “My back was in pain and I was bent over and couldn't stand up straight, the pain was bad and I have taken strong pain meds for years. I started taking Voltaren 75mg. The next day I was 75% better. The following day my back pain I was 100% better, so I am very pleased that the voltaren tablets worked.”

10 / 10
Seattle del July 16, 2014

Cataflam (diclofenac) for Back Pain: “I've had chronic lower back pain for over two years (herniated disk). I can't say for sure what has relieved my pain, but ever since taking diclofenac my pain almost immediately has gone from being almost completely debilitated, to being able to function physically at the level I was at when pain started. Still have pain and not 100%, but my quality of life is back and I feel much more fluid and agile. For almost six months I could hardly get out of bed, let alone tie my shoes.”

8 / 10
Lottie · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 10, 2019

For Osteoarthritis: “The diclofenac is a miracle drug for arthritis but with all the side effects and my age of 66 I am afraid to take it 2x a day every day. So I only take it like every 3 or 4 days and take aspirin and tylenol on the days off. I also am on narcotic pain meds that do absolutely nothing. I get a steroid shot every 3 months, I wish it was every 2 months cuz thats only how long the shots last. I hurt everywhere every joint and under all my skin with inflammation. I can barely walk or get up from sitting or laying and have not been shopping or to church in years. The relief I get from diclofenac lets me get around my house and clean up and cook.”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month November 2, 2013

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Sciatica: “I have 4 lumbar disc's bulging how ever the l5sl is impinging on my nerve root, complete pain couldn't stand couldn't walk couldn't sit etc. I was in missesry. finally they put me on something other than ibprofen and it was Volteran genric! It took about 1 week to kick in and work but I honestly can say I take this in the am along with my muscle relaxer and gabepentin and I am pain free and gained back 6 hours of my life! IT only works for me so far for 6 hours and by the time I can take next dosages I am back in the worse pain ever, hopefully everyday I can gain a little bit more than 6 hours of my life back!!!!!!!!”

6 / 10
World weary · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 3, 2015

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Pain: “Voltaren Gel has given me back the ability to walk without pain. I have had heel Spurs and plantar fasciitis and bursitis in my heel for about 20 years. I began using Voltaren Gel about 10 months ago and am so thankful that I have not had any significant pain for the past six months. I also try to wear only shoes that have very high arches. With the Voltaren Gel, I massage it all around my foot and over the top and bottom as per the directions. Great stuff!!!”

9 / 10
AmyB67 · Taken for less than 1 month April 2, 2015

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I have severe osteoarthritis in both knees, and arthritis in my back, and shoulders. My doctor prescribed Voltaren because I built up a resistance to ibuprofen and Aleve. I've been in pain for so long I forgot what it was like to be pain free. A little nervous over the long term side effects, so hoping I can get the weight off so I can be medication free. Just thankful to be able to move and do things I love without pain.”

10 / 10
Anonymous January 23, 2009

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I've been on this now for 5 months and it is by far the best pain medicine out there. No high feeling or anything like that. If your doctor has you on Celebrex and you don't feel any relief, ask him for Voltaren. You will most certainly feel the difference. If you are on it for any length of time (like me) then every so often you'll have to have blood work done to check your kidneys and liver to make sure they are functioning right as this medicine can cause problems with that. For me everything is good to go so far. I swear by Voltaren.”

10 / 10
Mary W. RN April 25, 2012

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I started taking Voltaren back in October for osteoarthritis of my knees, right hip & left hand. I also have bursitis & piriformis syndrome in my right hip as well as achilles tendonitis in the right foot. I take 75mg 2 times a day. My knees are so bad that I had to have Synvisc-One injections as well. Combined I have been able to work my 12 hr shifts as an RN. I still have pain that's about a 6-7 after working three 12's in a row, but would not be able to work at all without the Voltaren. I am looking to have my knees replaced in the near future. The only side effect I have had is stomach upset if I do not take it with food and some mild constipation. I would recommend this medicine to anyone. ”

10 / 10
GGML October 12, 2012

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I have osteoarthritis in my hands, elbows, knees and feet, and some days the pain was so bad I didn't want to move. The first day I took Voltaren I felt full pain relief, It's a wonderful pain medication. I like that its not a narcotic. Thank you Voltaren I have my life back.”

9 / 10
Ter · Taken for less than 1 month December 30, 2019

For Pain: “Had a MCL ((medial collateral ligament of the knee) tear that I had been nursing for 4 months. Pain was severe at times and while I could generally walk. The knee remained swollen and I stiff. Night time was the worst as I could not find a way to lay without it hurting. Called a Telemed doctor who prescribed Diclofenac 75MG twice a day for two weeks and then 1 time per day as needed. Within the second day the swelling and pain decreased drastically and now after a week there is almost no pain. I have a full range of motion and no stiffness in the joint. Hoping this continues as I had almost given up my chances of golfing again and thought for sure I would require surgery. I've encountered no side effects at this time.”

10 / 10
Big C · Taken for less than 1 month July 25, 2020

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I tried Voltaren because it was new and different and nothing else on the market helped with my knee pain. I followed the directions and found that it doesn't work either. Definitely not worth the price I paid. I'm hoping that some day I will be able to find a product that actually does what it claims.”

1 / 10
Lovediclo · Taken for 10 years or more July 21, 2020

For Period Pain: “I stumbled upon this drug diclofenac for my period pain and I am so thankful that I did. I take the 100mg diclomol and I've been taking it for almost 12 years now. My dad would use it for arthritis pain and one day when I was 18 I was cramping with my period and decided to try it and VOILA pain was gone. Nothing else worked for me from brustan (this would last like two hours and I'd be in pain again) to ibuprofen and panadol. So since that day I've always used this medicine. It even got me through my copper IUD insertion and the PAINFUL CRAMPS that came with it. I've had my IUD for two years and diclomol still works when I have period pain just like it did before my IUD. I really recommend this drug however if you have acidity issues please don't take it. I also love the fact that it's a slow release tablet and I don't need to take more than one even in a day or two if the pain is really severe. Currently on my period and an hour ago I was in pain but now the relief is so good. Girls try it!!!”

9 / 10
Success!! March 30, 2016

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “38yo female, suffered severe neck pain for about 5 years with no success in any type of treatment (massage, spinal reflex, nerve pain specialists etc.). I have spent a small fortune on my neck pain. I have finally self-diagnosed as osteoarthritis after feeling sand-like grit in my neck and a few internet searches. Thought I would try voltaren and magic. Only need to take 50mg once per day and no neck pain. Highly recommend.”

10 / 10
Sammers49 · Taken for 10 years or more February 28, 2013

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “I have tried a dozen different medications but none as effective as this. I tried Celebrex last year and was in so much pain after three days I went back to my Voltaren. I take 100mg twice a day that helps me work and function normally.”

10 / 10
Rob · Taken for less than 1 month February 1, 2021

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Osteoarthritis: “Suffering knee pain diagnosed as mild osteoarthritis. Tried many different oils and creams and then paid for a tube of Voltanen emulgel. Garbage, this company should be charged with fraud, may as well rubbed with nothing. Please don't waste your money on this rubbish.”

Damien712 June 11, 2020

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Frozen Shoulder: “Doctor recommended surgery but I had some Voltaren gel that I used for my knee. Worked well for the knee so I used it on my left shoulder. After a couple of days applying it 3 times daily it started working. I have been using it since and it really helps. I haven't had any stomach ache problems like oral NSAID's.”

8 / 10
chelleinva November 2, 2008

Voltaren (diclofenac) for Muscle Pain: “I have a heel spur and was given Voltaren for inflammation to possibly control plantar fascitis. This along with a 10 day use of AFO brace on my foot just may help prevent surgery. I believe Voltaren definitely is doing the job in reducing inflammation and controlling the pain.”

8 / 10

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