What Is Voltaren?
Let's first define what Voltaren is. Voltaren is a medication containing diclofenac, an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), and it is a non-inflamatory. Diclofenac is used commonly for inflammatory joint disease, such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.1 NSAIDs reduce substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. 2 Diclofenac is classified as a COX-2 inhibitor, which specifically targets an enzyme involved in pain. There are side effects to taking NSAIDs orally, so topical preparations have been developed for site-specific application that delivers more of the medicine to an affected area while decreasing absorption into the rest of the body. It is more of a surgical strike of sorts.
With this strategy, the pharmaceutical industries are constantly trying to improve absorption, while increasing pain relief and decreasing the chances of side effects from systemic absorption.
What is Voltaren used for?
Diclofenac, the active ingredie ...
Inflammation hurts. But that is just to get your attention. Pain, be it from inflammation, trauma, or even emotionally, is a warning sign that you need to pay attention to something. It’s how we survive as a species. When you bang your thumb with a hammer, the pain you get is your body’s way of telling you, “Don’t do that, stupid! You wanna lose your thumb?”
Not all pain warnings are expressed as elegantly as that, however. In the case of inflammation, besides the obvious warnings of pain and tenderness, there is at work a secret mission to fight the culprit causing injury and to heal and repair the damage done.
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