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Voltaren-XR Side Effects

Common Voltaren-XR side effects, such as gas, itching, or heartburn, are usually minor and easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Some side effects, however, can be life-threatening and require immediate attention. Call 911 if you experience potentially serious side effects of Voltaren-XR, including chest pain, weakness on one part of the body, or shortness of breath. Most people tolerate the drug without problems, however.

An Introduction to Voltaren-XR Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Voltaren®-XR (diclofenac sodium extended-release); but not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Voltaren-XR. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Voltaren-XR side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Voltaren-XR

Voltaren-XR has been studied extensively in clinical trials, with thousands of people worldwide having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to side effects that occurred in a similar group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). Based on these studies, the most common Voltaren-XR side effects include:
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn or indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Gas
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Ulcer in the stomach or intestines (peptic ulcer)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia
  • Dizziness
  • Swelling
  • Increase in liver enzymes
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Unexplained rash
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
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