Voltapatch is a commonly used nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) used for the therapy of chronic forms of arthritis and mild-to-moderate acute pain. Therapy with Voltapatch in full doses is frequently associated with mild serum aminotransferase elevations and, in rare instances, can lead to serious clinically apparent, acute or chronic liver disease.
Dosage and formulations
- Before you start taking Voltapatch, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from ins >
What is Voltapatch? What is Voltapatch used for?
Voltapatch is a Generic name for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This drug works by lowering substances (prostaglandins) in the body that are main cause of pain and inflammation.
Voltapatch is most commonly taken in order to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation that may be caused by injuries and different health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, painful menstruation periods, migraines, and ankylosing splondylitis. It is available in different dosages and forms on the market.
Most commonly it is used as delayed release tablet in dose of 25 mg and 50 mg and as extended release tablet in doses of 75 mg and 100 mg. It is also available in the form of solution and powder for injection, gel, cream, patch and suppository of 50 mg and 100 mg. FDA approved Voltapatch in 1998.
It is originally manufactured by Novartis. This drug is also available under different brand names, such as Voltaren, Solaraze, Pennsaid, Cataflam, Zipsor and Zorvolex.
Taking cyclosporine, a drug that weakens your immune system, with Voltapatch may increase your risk for kidney problems.
Voltapatch and Grapefruit Juice
Whether grapefruit interacts with Voltapatch remains uncertain. Therefore, your best bet is to avoid all grapefruit products while taking Voltapatch.
2. Key facts
- Take Voltapatch tablets or capsules with a meal or snack, or just after eating.
- It's best to take the lowest dose of Voltapatch for the shortest time to control your symptoms.
- The most common side effects are headaches, dizziness, stomach pain, feeling or being sick, diarrhoea and rashes.
- Voltapatch tablets come as either Voltapatch potassium or Voltapatch sodium. They work as well as each other.
- Voltapatch is also called by the brand names Voltarol, Dicloflex, Econac and Fenactol.
Voltapatch interacts with many different drugs. It’s always important to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of the treatments you are taking.
This includes not only all of your prescription and over-the-counter medicines, but also products that may not seem like medication, such as: vitamins and other dietary supplements (nutritional shakes, protein powders, etc.), and herbals along with any legal or illegal recreational drugs.
You should not take Voltapatch if you are taking the following drugs:
- Apixaban (Eliquis)
- Elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir (Stirbild)
- Ketorolac nasal spray (Sprix)
- Methotrexate (Trexall)
- Premetrexed (Alimta)
- Pirfinidone (Esbriet)
If you are taking any of the following, talk to your doctor about drug options other than Voltapatch:
- Blood thinners, such as fondaparinux (Arixtra), dabigatran (Pradaxa) warfarin (Jantoven, Coumadin) or heparin
- Antidepressants, such as citalopram (Celexa), paroxetine (Paxil), or escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Water pills, such as hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix, Microzide), chorthalidone (Thalitone), or chlorothiazide (Diuril)
- Beta blockers, such as acebutolol (Sectral), bisoprolol ( Zebeta), atenolol (Tenormin), esmolol (Brevibloc), or carvedilol (Coreg)
- Other NSAIDS, including: celecoxib (Celebrex), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), meloxicam (Mobic), nabumetone (Relafen), or etodolac (Lodine)
- Diabetes medications called sulfonylureas, such as glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Micronase, Glynase), and glipizide (Glucotrol)
Rated Voltapatch for Myalgia Report
The Oral Voltapatch was horrendous on my stomach from the first pill. Didn't help with all over connective tissue pain. Stopped taking it after 2 pills. That Said: the Topical Voltapatch gel works miracles on almost All types of pain including arthritis to muscle and even headaches. I rub this gel (light cream) into all parts of body and the pain is either reduced or completely gone. Don't be concerned about the amount of topical gel you rub into the body as only a tiny (less than 4 percent) of the active ingredient makes it into the body causing issues. No issues at all with the topical and many doctors and patients view this gel as a real pain reducer. I have literally rubbed this gel onto arms, legs, back, neck and forehead and horrendous pain reduced hugely. With the war on opioids being waged against chronic pain patients this is one fantastic pain reducing weapon. Slather this on, rub it in, but do Not take the oral version of Voltapatch.
Rare Side Effects
In severe cases, Voltapatch may cause a deadly liver condition known as fatal fulminant hepatitis.
Get medical help if you have any yellowing or graying of the skin or eyes, if your lower extremities or abdomen is swelling, if you are extra sleepy, or become confused.
VOLTAREN ® (Voltapatch sodium enteric-coated tablets)
75 mg - light pink, biconvex, triangular-shaped, enteric-coated tablets (imprinted VOLTAREN 75 on one side in black ink)
Bottles of 100 - NDC 0028-0264-01
Store at room temperature 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F); excursions permitted between 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F) .
Protect from moisture.
Dispense in tight container (USP).
Distributed by: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ 07936. Revised: May 2016
What should I avoid while taking Voltapatch?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
Avoid taking aspirin or other NSAIDs while you are taking this medicine.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cold, allergy, or pain medication. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to Voltapatch. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of this type of medication. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.
Serious Skin Reactions
NSAIDs, including Voltapatch, can cause serious skin adverse reactions such as exfoliative dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which can be fatal. These serious events may occur without warning. Inform patients about the signs and symptoms of serious skin reactions and to discontinue the use of VOLTAREN at the first appearance of skin rash or any other sign of hypersensitivity. VOLTAREN is contraindicated in patients with previous serious skin reactions to NSAIDs (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).