Voltaren Gel For Low Back Pain?

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Asked by jake

Voltaren Gel For Low Back Pain?

Is there any evidence of the successful use of voltaren topoical gel for lower back pain caused by herniated or constricted discs?

Answer

Voltaren Gel only has FDA approval for the treatment of osteoarthritis, however, some doctors are prescribing it off label for other types of pain. I haven't yet been able to find any clinical trials using Voltaren Gel for herniated discs, but there are some anecdotal reports from people who have found it helpful. Since Voltaren Gel is an anti-inflammatory, it seems logical to think that it may help relieve any pain that is caused by inflammation of the disc or nerve roots.

If you do decide to try Voltaren Gel for your back pain, be sure to read the dosing card that comes with it. It's important not to use too much at one time. Even though it's applied topically, it is still a prescription medication and taking too much can cause serious problems.

Answered by Karen Lee Richards