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User Reviews for Diclofenac to treat Osteoarthritis

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

Diclofenac has an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 from a total of 98 ratings for the treatment of Osteoarthritis. 73% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 17% reported a negative effect.

Diclofenac Rating Summary

7.7/10 average rating

98 ratings from 109 user reviews.

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Reviews for Diclofenac

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

Voltaren (diclofenac): “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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Rob · Taken for less than 1 month February 1, 2021

Voltaren (diclofenac): “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.”

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

“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
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AmyB67 · Taken for less than 1 month April 2, 2015

Voltaren (diclofenac): “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
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Anonymous January 23, 2009

Voltaren (diclofenac): “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
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Mary W. RN April 25, 2012

Voltaren (diclofenac): “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
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GGML October 12, 2012

Voltaren (diclofenac): “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
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Success!! March 30, 2016

Voltaren (diclofenac): “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.”

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

Voltaren (diclofenac): “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
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Anonymous December 17, 2011

Voltaren (diclofenac): “MD recommended that I take this medication for 4 weeks, 75 mg twice a day. He warned me that most people stop taking the medication after two weeks because they feel much better. I have been taking the medication for 3 days and this is the best that I have felt in six months. I will defintely follow his instructions and continue for 4 weeks in hopes of feeling even better. No more pain in the hip, no more pain when rising, no more sharp pain when walking, or leg tenderness when trying to sleep. I was recently diagnoised with osteoarthritis.”

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Leroy2 August 11, 2011

Voltaren (diclofenac): “This medicine has been wonderful for me. I have bad arthritis in numerous joints. I just take one tablet with food in the morning (75mg/day) and it makes all the difference in the world. I have not experienced any side effects yet and have been taking this medicine for about 9 months.”

10 / 10
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Geol54 February 12, 2013

Voltaren (diclofenac): “I've taken Voltaren for over 25 years 3 times a day. For 5 days before each of 4 complete joint replacements, I had to quit taking it since it is a slight blood thinner. Each time I got very stiff with painful joints. I've tried most of the other arthritis NSAIDS and none work nearly as well. My Dr. runs a liver function test every 6 months.”

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Jeff From WI June 8, 2016

“I take 75 MG of Diclofenac twice a day for osteoarthritis predominately in the knees. I am a 44 year old male employed full time and spend long periods of time on my feet quite frequently.I can not say enough how much this drug improved my life. My knee pain was getting so bad I thought I was going to need replacement surgery. I can take long walks and run up the stairs again. One caution is to make sure you eat with food and drink plenty of water throughout the day. A glass of milk and a banana does the trick. t will give you an upset stomach if you don't.”

9 / 10
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Big C · Taken for less than 1 month July 25, 2020

Voltaren (diclofenac): “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.”

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dogwalker5967 May 13, 2016

“I'm a 58 year old woman with osteoarthritis and pain in my knees. Tried a lot of things that didn't work including other NSAIDs, shots, tramadol, but have been on this for about 2 months and it is a life saver. I am able to walk 2-3 miles a day with minimal pain, walk up and down steps, and sleep better. I haven't noticed any significant side effects -- perhaps very mild constipation. I will be deferring the knee replacements for a while thanks to this drug. I take it twice a day, 75 mg.”

10 / 10
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CaliCajun · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 1, 2019

“I have taken this drug for over 3 years. Not daily, but as needed (maybe once or twice a week). I am not able to take Narcotics, so my doctor prescribed this for my neck arthritis, back spasms, and a frozen shoulder. This med took away at least 90% of the pain from all of the painful areas. I never had any of the reported side effects like stomach pain or diarrhea (and I HAVE preexisting stomach issues). This is a game-changer for me because it's the only thing that has worked.”

10 / 10
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finally October 19, 2008

Voltaren (diclofenac): “I have been on all kinds of pain medicines and have had injections in my spine and hip to help relieve the pain from my arthritis, but nothing has worked as good as this. I know there are risks with this medicine, but for the relief I got, the benefits more than outway the risk. This stuff works.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous December 5, 2010

Voltaren (diclofenac): “I am 46, female, with osteoarthritis in one knee - had an arthroscopy last year that seemed to just make things worse. I have tried the Synvisc injections %u2013 no help. It was getting to the point where I was sitting most of the day to avoid the pain and stiffness. Even swimming was painful. I would have to take at least 800mg of Motrin to feel the tiniest bit of relief. Tried Oxycodone and Vicodin %u2013 nothing except sleepiness. Started taking Voltaren a few days ago %u2013 the generic diclofenac %u2013 50 mg 2x a day. Wow %u2013 I am so surprised how well this is working! I am moving around with little pain and only a small amount of stiffness now. No side effects so far. I am so grateful my doctor suggested this %u2013 I am happier now!”

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Anonymous April 3, 2008

Cataflam (diclofenac): “Works wonders on lower back pain but sometimes needs a narcotic pain killer or muscle relaxer for days when pain is more severe. Downside of this drug is that taking too much causes excruciating abdominal cramping and stabbing gas pains in the intestines. But it's an 8-hour pill, so pain relief usually lasts and it is not hard to space doses out since it lasts so long.”

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Gordo 60 July 20, 2015

“I have had severe to moderate knee and ankle pain from Osteoarthritis and was taking two 50 mgs of tramadol a day to get through the day at work. Then a co-worker told me about diclofenac and how it was a wonder drug for him so I asked my doctor to let me try the drug. I have taken other anti inflamitories before but they didn't seem to help but this drug has been fantastic. I have been able to work out again and it has really reduced the amount of knee and ankle pain I get. I take two 75 mgs tablets a day and have not had any side effects and I have been taking it for about 3 months. I would recommend this drug to anyone who has arthritis pain”

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schud3l November 12, 2009

Voltaren (diclofenac): “Voltaren is a fabulous drug. I have osteoarthritis of the spine and hip and carpel tunnel syndrome. After taking Voltaren for 3 days, 50mg once a day, I am no longer limping and the inflammation in my hands has gone down. I am back to hiking, swimming and piano playing. What a relief.”

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annloveland February 12, 2013

“I have horrible joint pain for someone my age (58), and there isn't a joint in my body that hasn't hurt at some point. I have taken more ibuprofen over the years, than I could ever count. A year ago I started taking Celebrex because I'd heard that for some people it's a miracle. In that year I have had total knee replacement (left knee), then two more "revisions" on the same knee to get rid of an infection. Just weeks ago, I came to the conclusion that Celebrex just wasn't getting the job done for my pain, and of course I did not want to take narcotics. I did a lot of research (the reviews on this site were immensely helpful) and decided to give Diclofenac a try. It has been fantastic, and I feel better than I have in years.”

9 / 10
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AmazedMom4 December 11, 2015

Zorvolex (diclofenac): “I am 38 years old with 4 small kids. I've recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hips and most likely my knees. I was also having significant shoulder and heel pain. Within 2 days of starting this medication I would say I was 75% better. Now after 1 month I feel better than I have felt in years. I am amazed that 1 medication can work this well. I have not noticed any side effects.”

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Ray · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 21, 2019

Voltaren (diclofenac): “I currently have osteoarthritis in my left knee. I had arthroscopic surgery in January of this year. I think the surgery has not helped my problem. I use Voltaren gel on my knee three times each day. I am very pleased with the result and have had less pain since using this treatment.”

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Toppo · Taken for less than 1 month March 9, 2019

Voltaren (diclofenac): “I have been struggling for a couple of years with pain in my right knee. Problems sleeping and now walk with a limp. Bought Voltarol after seeing numerous glowing adverts on tv. Very expensive and an absolute waste of money. This cream made no difference at all. Rubbish.”

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