Voltaren is one of the most active non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Created in the second half of the last century, the first anti-inflammatory drug was used to treat joint diseases.
Due to the fact that today it is produced in almost all dosage forms, Voltaren is widely used in Australia in surgery, traumatology, neurology, ophthalmology and sports medicine.
Voltaren contains Diclofenac, which is a substance of a non-steroidal structure that exerts a pronounced anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic effects.
Voltaren has several mechanisms of action. The main effect of the drug is aimed at inhibiting the synthesis of prostaglandins, which are the cause of inflammatory processes and are involved in the formation of pain syndrome and fever.
Voltaren is supplied to local pharmacies of Australia in dosage forms for external and internal use:
The main suppliers of Voltaren in Australia are world leaders in the pharmaceutical market, the British company GlaxoSmithKline and the Swiss company Novartis.
Rectal suppositories, oral tablets and liquid capsules can be used for the treatment of inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system in adults and adolescents aged 12 and older.
Anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect of Voltaren provides a reduction in the severity of such symptoms, as stiffness of movements in the morning, pain in rest and movement, edemas and swelling of the joints.
For the treatment of mild forms of such common joint diseases, as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, doctors prescribe 75 mg to 100 mg of Voltaren per day. The total daily dose is divided into two doses. In severe cases, the dose of Voltaren is increased to 150 mg per day.
After the administration on Voltaren tablets, the drug is completely absorbed from the intestine. Meals do not affect the amount of active substance absorbed. Subject to compliance with the dosing regimen, there is no accumulation of this anti-inflammatory drug in your body.
In addition to the treatment of degenerative joint diseases, Voltaren tablets and capsules are used in Australia in the treatment of migraine pain, as well as for the relief of pain syndromes, accompanied by inflammation and swelling.
Immediately when the first symptoms of migraine appear, take one Voltaren 50 mg tablet. If waves of pain do not recede, you can take another pill of the drug one and a half to two hours later.
If the pain is more pronounced at night, you can combine Voltaren in tablets with the rectal suppositories. The daily dose of the drug for the treatment of a migraine attack should not exceed 200 mg (not more than four 50 mg Voltaren tablets).
Voltaren gel is one of the most widely used forms of the drug in Australia. This dosage form is used to reduce the intensity of the inflammatory process and pain syndrome in degenerative diseases of the spine and joints.
According to the studies, Voltaren with local application significantly reduces pain within 2-3 days. Easy to use, gel is used to treat muscle pain due to ligament sprain, bruises, or minor injuries.
In comparison with oral and rectal forms, the advantage of Voltaren gel is the absence of systemic side effects from the gastrointestinal tract. With external application, Voltaren can cause itching and redness of individual skin areas at the application site.
Despite the fact that the external dosage form is considered to be the easiest to use and is associated with the least risk of side effects, the oral form and the rectal form of Voltaren are considered in Australia to be the most effective.
Studies have shown that the external method of Voltaren use ensures the penetration of the gel by only 3-4 mm. This proves that the ability of the drug to penetrate into the synovial fluid is negligible.
Adults and children over 12 years of age should apply the gel on clean skin twice a day. The interval between the applications of Voltaren gel should be at least 12h. The amount of the drug used depends on the size of the affected area. At the same time, 2 to 4 g of gel is used for a single application.
One of the most convenient drugs for the treatment of pain is Voltaren spray. In Australia, it refers to non-prescription drugs and can be purchased at any local pharmacy.
Voltaren spray can be used by pregnant women (during the first six months of pregnancy), adolescents and the elderly. The spray has a dispenser, which releases 0.2 g of the active ingredient with a single press.
A single dose of Voltaren spray should not exceed 1 g, i.e. no more than four to five dispenser pushes. The daily dose should not exceed 3 g of Voltaren.
The main advantage of Voltaren is its high efficiency and good portability, which allows using it for a long time. In Australia, Voltaren is considered the safest drug in the NSAID group.