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Voltaren-XR Precautions and Warnings

Specific Voltaren-XR Precautions and Warnings

Voltaren-XR precautions and warnings to be aware of prior to taking the drug include the following:
 
  • Voltaren-XR can interact with certain medications (see Voltaren-XR Drug Interactions).
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Voltaren-XR, have been reported to cause cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke, both of which can result in loss of life. People with cardiovascular disease or who have risk factors for the condition appear to be at greater risk. To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, you should take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Call 911 if you notice:
 
    • Chest pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Weakness
    • Slurring of speech.
 
  • All NSAIDs, including Voltaren-XR, may cause high blood pressure or make it worse. Thus, Voltaren-XR should be used with caution in people with known high blood pressure.
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Voltaren-XR, may cause congestive heart failure or swelling. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice unexplained weight gain or swelling. In addition, Voltaren-XR should be used with caution in people with heart failure.
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Voltaren-XR, have been reported to cause problems in the stomach and intestines, including bleeding (known as gastrointestinal bleeding), stomach ulcers, or holes in the stomach or intestines (called perforations). These problems can lead to serious complications or even loss of life. Extreme caution should be used if Voltaren-XR is prescribed to people with a history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding. To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, you should take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any signs of stomach ulcers or bleeding, including:
 
    • Stomach pain
    • Indigestion
    • Black, tarry stools
    • Vomiting blood.
 
  • People taking NSAIDs, including Voltaren-XR, can suffer kidney damage. It is more common in the elderly and people with kidney disease, heart failure, or liver problems. It is also more common in those taking diuretics or ACE inhibitors.
      
  • People taking Voltaren-XR can suffer liver damage. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice:
 
    • Nausea
    • Tiredness
    • Lethargy
    • Itchy or yellowing skin
    • Abdominal pain
    • Flu-like symptoms.
 
  • NSAIDs, including Voltaren-XR, have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice things such as difficulty breathing and swelling of the face and throat.
     
  • In rare cases, people taking Voltaren-XR can develop a very serious rash. If you notice an unexplained rash or blisters, fever, or itchy skin, stop taking the Voltaren-XR and call your healthcare provider.
     
  • If you are an alcoholic or drink alcohol frequently, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to starting Voltaren-XR. Alcohol can affect the way the liver works, indirectly affecting the way Voltaren-XR works.
     
  • NSAIDs have been known to cause an increase in liver enzymes. Therefore, it you should have a blood test that looks at your liver function before starting Voltaren-XR and then again 12 weeks after treatment has started.
     
  • Voltaren-XR has been known to cause anemia. Therefore, if you are taking Voltaren-XR for an extended amount of time and show signs of anemia, talk to your healthcare provider.
     
  • You should not take Voltaren-XR with any other NSAID, as this may increase your risk for any of the problems discussed in this article. Many NSAIDs are available without a prescription, so read labels carefully. Examples of NSAIDs include:
 
 
  • Voltaren-XR is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. If you are pregnant, you should take Voltaren-XR only if the benefit outweighs the possible risk to your unborn child. Voltaren-XR is not recommended for women in the third trimester of pregnancy, since it can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Voltaren-XR, contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Voltaren and Pregnancy for more information).
     

 

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