Voltaren gel (generic name: diclofenac gel 1%) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to treat joint pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA) of the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, or feet. It is the first prescription topical gel approved to treat joint pain secondary to OA.
FDA Approval and Indications
Novartis was granted regulatory approval by the US Food and Drug Administration for Voltaren gel—the first topical treatment that patients can apply directly to their skin to relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis. As per FDA guidelines, it is only approved for “relief of the pain of osteoarthritis of joints amenable to topical treatment.” That statement elucidates that Voltaren gel may not work in areas covered with thick muscle, but that does not stop physicians from prescribing the drug to be used in areas other than the approved indications. Though it’s not illegal to use a drug off-label, medical providers should discus ...
Your Options To Treat Erectile Dysfunction Extend Beyond Viagra
When sildenafil began marketing in 1998, the drug company Pfizer sold half a billion dollars’ worth of its brand name, Viagra, in its first quarter. It was luck when the drug failed its study as an antihypertensive, but its male participants began reporting all of the erections they were experiencing.
Now there was a drug which took the closeted “impotence” out into the open, made it a “dysfunction,” and offered a treatment for it. Because it did not cure erectile dysfunction (ED) and required continued use, for Pfizer it was the gift that kept on giving.
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Choosing Levitra, Viagra, or Cialis
Cialis is dubbed “the weekend pill” because it can last up to 36 hours; the two that are the most alike, however, are Levitra and Viagra. ...