What Is Diclofenac Sodium Used For?
In most cases, uses for diclofenac sodium include the management of symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, such as pain, inflammation, and swelling. Off-label uses include treating cancer pain and symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or gout. The medication can also be used for pain or inflammation caused by other conditions.
Diclofenac sodium (Voltaren®, Voltaren®-XR) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness.
Specific uses for diclofenac sodium include the relief of:
- Symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Short-term and long-term symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis.
However, the medication is not a cure for these types of arthritis, nor does it slow down the progression of the disease.
Diclofenac sodium and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) work by inhibiting the production of certain substances, called prostaglandins, that cause inflammation and pain in the body. By blocking the production of prostaglandins, diclofenac sodium is useful at alleviating pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis.
Diclofenac sodium is not approved for use in children.