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Voltaren Ophthalmic Side Effects

Generic name: diclofenac ophthalmic

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 18, 2024.

Note: This document contains side effect information about diclofenac ophthalmic. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Voltaren Ophthalmic.

Applies to diclofenac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution.

Serious side effects of Voltaren Ophthalmic

Along with its needed effects, diclofenac ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Voltaren Ophthalmic) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking diclofenac ophthalmic:

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Other side effects of Voltaren Ophthalmic

Some side effects of diclofenac ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

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Applies to diclofenac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution.


The most commonly reported side effects were lacrimation, keratitis, and transient burning/stinging.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Lacrimation (30%), keratitis (28%), transient burning/stinging (15%), elevated intraocular pressure (15%)

Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal vision, blurred vision, conjunctivitis, corneal deposits, corneal edema, corneal opacity, corneal lesions, eye discharge, eyelid swelling, eye pain, injection (redness), iritis, irritation, itching, ocular allergy

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Conjunctival follicules

Frequency not reported: Mydriasis, ocular hyperemia

Postmarketing reports: Corneal erosion, corneal infiltrates, corneal perforation, corneal thinning, corneal ulceration, epithelial breakdown[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Dizziness, headache[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Urticaria, rash, eczema, erythema, pruritus[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Viral infection[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Impaired healing

Frequency not reported: Asthenia, chills, facial edema, fever, pain[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Insomnia[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Dyspnea, exacerbation of asthma

Frequency not reported: Rhinitis, cough[Ref]


1. (2001) "Product Information. Voltaren (diclofenac)." Ciba Vision Ophthalmics

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics."

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information."

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.