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For patients with chronic pain involving limited areas
of the body, they might not have to expose themselves to the toxicities of oral
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Motrin and Naproxen . These toxicities can lead
to stomach ulcers, high blood pressure , kidney problems and liver problems, to
name a few.
But now it is possible to rub an NSAID on the skin.
The United States Food and Drug Administration recently
approved Voltaren Gel as the first prescription skin gel to treat the pain of
osteoarthritis . The main ingredient in
this new gel is diclofenac, an NSAID that is the chief ingredient in Voltaren
Voltaren gel is used to treat joint pain in the hands,
wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and feet caused by osteoarthritis.
Voltaren Gel gives patients the ability to apply a topical
medication that can reduce pain, and yet is minimally absorbed
systemically. It appears that Voltaren
Gel works as well as Vol...
Generic Name: ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Pronounced: (a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen) Jr. Strength Pain Reliever Oral Interactions
See also Warning section.
If you are taking this medication under your doctor's
direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug
interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change
the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist
(See also adult maximum daily dose information in Side
This drug should not be used with the following
medications because very serious interactions may occur:
If you are currently using any of these medications listed
above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting this
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use,
Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat the pain and swelling of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. NSAIDs come in prescription form (e.g. Celebrex, Mobic) and over the counter (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen). Studies have shown that about 30% of people with some form of arthritis use over-the-counter NSAIDs on a daily basis. Many other people take a combination of prescription and OTC NSAIDs daily to manage their pain, even though long term NSAID use can lead to gastrointestinal problems and overuse can lead to drug toxicity. A recent study published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism found an association between dual use of NSAIDs and poorer health status. The study defined dual use as taking two NSAIDS, either prescription or OTC, at least twice a week during the month before the study survey was conducted. 182 patients in a managed care organization participated in the study. Of these patients, half had either rheumatoi...
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