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.
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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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