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Voltaren-XR is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that helps relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, including pain, inflammation, and stiffness. The drug comes in a tablet that is typically taken once a day, and it works by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body. Common side effects include constipation, stomach pain, and diarrhea.

What Is Voltaren-XR?

Voltaren®-XR (diclofenac sodium extended-release) is used to reduce pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness in people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Voltaren-XR is not a cure for arthritis, nor does it slow down the progression of the disease.
(Click What Is Voltaren-XR Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses for the drug.)

Who Makes It?

Voltaren-XR is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

How Does Voltaren-XR Work?

Voltaren-XR belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Like other NSAIDs, it works by blocking a specific enzyme known as cyclooxygenase (COX), blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body.

Effects of Voltaren-XR

By blocking the production of prostaglandins, Voltaren-XR is useful at reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other diseases.
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