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User Reviews for Diclofenac to treat Pain

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

Diclofenac has an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 from a total of 162 ratings for the treatment of Pain. 69% of those users who reviewed Diclofenac reported a positive effect, while 22% reported a negative effect.

Diclofenac Rating Summary

7.2/10 average rating

162 ratings from 173 user reviews.

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Reviews for Diclofenac

Amy April 27, 2021

“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
MadMaxx63 · Taken for less than 1 month April 14, 2021

Voltaren (diclofenac): “Some things you need to consider. Maybe this was better when a prescription was required as it cost me $11.49 for a 50 g tube. Each application for knees or the lower body is 4.5 inch long ribbon or 4 g. Which means this tube at the recommended applications, 4, per day will last you three days. Some things that you should take into account also is if you have high blood pressure or kidney disease, then you really shouldn’t be taking this stuff. Those are two very prominent medical conditions in older people which also happens to be the same people that have the arthritis problems that need the product. So in my case and in my opinion it turns out that Voltaren is not only ridiculously expensive, but useless.”

2 / 10
wed · Taken for less than 1 month February 23, 2021

Zipsor (diclofenac): “On this for neuropathic pain and it caused a severe headache, apathy, tiredness and no relief from pain.”

1 / 10

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

Voltaren (diclofenac): “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
Ter · Taken for less than 1 month December 30, 2019

“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
Anonymous April 14, 2014

Voltaren (diclofenac): “After suffering for 3 mo post op joint pain for a torn medial meniscus I was started on Voltaren pills and within 12 hours I was pain free and walked up stairs again-- a miracle! I had also developed plantar fasciitis in the opposite foot from hobbing and it immediately was gone also! I can tell after 12 hours when it is wearing off because the pain starts to return.”

10 / 10
JMK · Taken for less than 1 month November 25, 2020

“I have arthritis in my upper spine, and lower back Was taking meloxicam that helped a little. After a year and a half I started getting much more back pain, it would shoot down my hip and leg, and the top of my spine/neck hurt all the time. Went to an orthopedic, he told me I have spinal stenosis and that added to my pain. He started me on diclofenac 75 mg 2xs a day. It worked pretty much right away. My neck is totally pain free, my lower back and hip is 95% or better pain free. Granted I’ve only started taking this for 5 days, hope it continues!”

10 / 10

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Eyes of Horus · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 30, 2020

Voltaren (diclofenac): “I got this from the VA right before it was dumped on to the public. It did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for the pain. I may have been using petroleum jelly. It's a waste of money. Thing is, the accompanying information listed on the sheet had a number of side effects listed. Somehow, they seemed to have disappeared.”

1 / 10
Trebs79 June 30, 2015

Voltaren (diclofenac): “I have spondylolystesis and I have tried every type of medicine you could possibly think of. My doctor has put me on anti depressants, muscle relaxers, Norco, just about anything. I was constantly in pain. My back hurt all the time. I couldn't even do simple things like sweep the floor or do laundry. I went and seen my orthopedic surgeon and she put me on Voltaren 75mg and I feel like a new person. I have not had any back pain whatsoever. I highly recommend this medicine. I can actually do everything now with absolutely no back pain. Thank God.”

10 / 10
Georgia · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 26, 2020

Zorvolex (diclofenac): “I have severe neck and shoulder pain. I normally take 800 mg of ibuprofen but on days that my pain is so bad that even that doesn't even help I'll take this Zorvolex medication. It works extremely well and allows me to continue with my day. I highly recommend.”

9 / 10
jimmy February 14, 2019

Voltaren (diclofenac): “had gout on and off now for 20 years and always used voltaren 75 at the first signs of an attack. I take one tablet and the symptoms are usually gone in about 3 to 4 hours. I have been to doctors on several occasions when ran out of voltaren and asked for volteren on perscription but always told that they are not good to take and always given rubbish that does not work. I normally go on holiday to spain and get pills over the counter at local pharmacy.”

10 / 10
hottie112377 · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 10, 2014

Voltaren (diclofenac): “I've been on Vicodin, Percocet, etc. My body doesn't react to those. I was diagnosed with a cervical strain and was put on this. Absolutely love it for muscle pain. I have arthritis and fibromyalgia and this medicine is great. Also no side effects.”

9 / 10
dlaml February 18, 2013

Voltaren (diclofenac): “I have pain in my hands, elbows, back, knees and heels. This medication was prescribed to me by my Reumatologist, 75 mg twice a day; I have only been taking one a day. I have been taking it for a very long time with no side effects what so ever. I cannot tell you that I have no pain at all. I just know that I would not be able to keep my full time job without this medication. I also would not be able to have any quality of life. I know in the near future I will have to take two a day, I am hoping I do as well. :)”

10 / 10
Raoul · Taken for less than 1 month June 30, 2020

Voltaren (diclofenac): “Side of foot been hurting for 7-10 days.X-rays negative. Doc said it is tendonitis. ( doesn't know what else it is). He said voltaren should be helpful, reduce the discomfort. I purchased a tube of voltaren for $20. I have now applied it 4 times. Very disappointing. I don't feel anything from it! It is a waste.”

1 / 10
st81 · Taken for less than 1 month November 21, 2019

“I’ve had fibromyalgia for over 8 years now and some arthritis, severe neck, shoulder and back pain. After a while being on pain meds and all types of other medications I’ve tried over the years I didn’t get much relief.. So I was prescribed Diclofenac I went from a pain level 9 to a 2 the first time I took it! I can do more than I could before! So glad something finally helps ease the pain”

10 / 10
Gracie · Taken for less than 1 month October 3, 2020

“My husband was prescribed Diclofenac and Amoxicillin for a bad toothache. About an hour after taking the Diclofenac, the pain would become severe. We thought...well it may take another day or two to start getting better. After a week of taking the meds and having this severe pain, he talked to the dentist and decided to stop taking the Diclofenac and just use an otc med. Last night he slept well with no pain.”

1 / 10
Nomi · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 6, 2019

Zipsor (diclofenac): “I've been taking Zipsor for hip pain for about 4 years. Yes, it can be rough on the stomach but a daily Prilosec is the remedy for that. Without the Zipsor I have a difficult time functioning normally as the pain can get intense from inflammation. The only trouble I've come across is my doctor reluctant to prescribe long term. I've not found another form of NSAID that works as well and I've tried many! As long as I can get the prescription and insurance will pay I will always use this product. It's a lifesaver!”

9 / 10
Tom · Taken for less than 1 month July 7, 2018

Voltaren (diclofenac): “Voltaren 75mg for knee inflammation. Stay away! This drug nearly killed me! I am an overall healthy 39 yo Male. Side effects: bloody diarrhea / tarry stool, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, faint, lightheaded, dizzy, racing heart, passed out and fell twice (Gastric bleed)! I believe I was on the verge of a heart attack. I cannot believe this drug is still available! No relief whatsoever.”

1 / 10
MW · Taken for less than 1 month May 4, 2018

Zorvolex (diclofenac): “Using Zorvolex for overall joint pain and it’s a lifesaver. It has completely changed my quality of life. Taking three 35mg per day. For those of you having trouble paying for the med.. I have full coverage PPO insurance. The drug needed preauthorized and would still cost me $150 a month. I contacted the manufacturer and since my insurance doesn’t cover more of the cost, I can get this for free every month at Walgreens. I just have to call for a code. Worth trying if you haven’t!”

9 / 10
Yourstruley January 25, 2016

Voltaren (diclofenac): “The side effects are brutal. Stomach aches, nausea, bloody stools, headache, diarrhea, increased blood pressure just to name a few. This medicine did give me some relief from pain at the cost of the side effects. Be careful with this medicine, I won't take this med anymore.”

2 / 10
Dandt · Taken for less than 1 month November 12, 2020

Zipsor (diclofenac): “On 12/5/2013 my mother who earlier that day was enjoying a visit from my brother, vibrant, active and happy, visited her doctor for a regular follow up for neck pain caused by a work injury many years earlier. Upon returning home, she took a 25 mg Zipsor capsule offered to her by her doctor as a sample/trial. Within hours, she was non-responsive and had suffered a stroke. She passed away on 12/9/2013.”

1 / 10
Harleymon April 28, 2016

Zorvolex (diclofenac): “This is an update since my last post. I took Zorvolex for 1 month. Experienced only one side effect - slight increase in blood sugar. But, it's finally under control. I can sit & watch TV. Take a brisk walk around the park. I still err on the cautious side & wear my back brace during any physical activity like grocery shopping, gardening, vacuuming, washing the car, etc. I occasionally have to stop, stretch & rest my back. I'm 63 years old & this is as close to normal as my back is going to get. That my friends, is good enough for me!”

10 / 10
late '50s woman June 9, 2015

Zorvolex (diclofenac): “My doctor prescribed this for inflammation in my lower back area, I have been on it for one week. My shoulder and neck pain is gone almost completely and my back feels a lot better. As of today its been 5 days I have been on this product. The info says it takes two hoping it just gets better. Very impressed.”

9 / 10
JupiterRules · Taken for less than 1 month December 15, 2019

“12 days ago I feel down and bruised/fractured 3 ribs on my left side of body, I blame myself for having too much fun with the Gin bottle. Ibuprofen didn't even touch the pain, However, my medical Marijuana alleviated it, but only for like 3 hours and I can not be stoned all day as I have things to do. Went to my Doctor, was prescribed 75mg Diclofenac at twice daily. I've read the horrible reviews on here and know that everyone is different and they are probably on a pleathera of other medications, so take that into account. Also, I am the type of guy that if the side effects are going to happen they will certainly happen to me. Now on Day 10 of diclofenac and Zero side effects from start to current, and my ribs are healing and in less pain to where I can switch back to ibuprofen now. In my experience: Diclofenac is a great medication for pain, but use short-term.”

9 / 10
Kimbertx123 · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 30, 2014

Zipsor (diclofenac): “I have been on many pain/anti-inflammatory medications to help with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Plantar Fasciitis and a torn tendon in my shoulder. It is the fastest acting and most effective pain relief I have tried (comparing to Duexis, Hydrocodone, Prednisone, Tramadol). It does not cause stomach upset like other NSAIDS and the only side effect is sleepiness but, a quick nap and pain is much better and no grogginess.”

8 / 10
K · Taken for less than 1 month January 7, 2019

Zorvolex (diclofenac): “I have severe osteoarthritis, and recently my shoulder started hurting so bad I couldn't sleep, as well as my thumb. I am on pain meds for fibromyalgia but was taking 4 Advil at night which didn't help the arthritis at all. By the 2nd day of the (Dr. given) samples of Zorvolex, the shoulder and thumb pain was barely noticeable. Sadly, my insurance won't cover it and I can't afford the almost $500 a month. Hoping to get some help from another resource because this med really works.”

9 / 10
Ellen · Taken for less than 1 month August 10, 2019

“I awoke one morning to find that suddenly I was unable to walk due to tendinitis in my hip - the pain was excruciating and radiated down my leg to the knee. I was prescribed diclofenac sodium 75mg 2x per day and within 1 day the pain was manageable, in 2 days I was walking again. I’ve only been on it a few days now. It’s an amazing drug, however, although I haven’t experienced any side effects (yet) what I’ve read has scared me quite a bit. I’m hoping that PT will allow me to get off it ASAP but truly, this drug works - what a lifesaver!”

10 / 10
Rachel Mascot · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 16, 2013

Voltaren (diclofenac): “I have heel spurs and find every few weeks the pain is unbearable. This is the only thing that relieves the pain. And I take 2 and that seems to fix me for a couple of days, not sure why that is but as long as it works that's the main thing.”

10 / 10

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