Diclofenac is classified as a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug that treats pain, tenderness, swelling and stillness that comes with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. Many people recognize it under the brand names of Cataflam, Voltaren and Zipsor. These brands also typically treat pain from menstrual cramps and other sources, while gel and cream forms treat keratosis, according to Live Science.
Live Science notes that diclofenac comes in various forms including capsules, liquid-filled capsules, powder for solution, enteric-coated tablets, extended-release tablets and plain tablets. In addition to gels and creams, it also comes in other topical forms including extended-release patches and solutions. Diclofenac taken orally usually has mild side effects such as bloating or gas, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, headache and ringing in the ears.
MedlinePlus also warns of mild side effects with gel or cream forms including acne, constipation, dizziness, gas and stomach pain. Gel side effects also include dryness, hardness, irritation, itching, numbness, redness, scaling or swelling at the site of application. A burning, numbness or tingling in the arms, feet, hands or legs may also occur. Both oral and gel or cream diclofenac risk more severe side effects that warrant a visit to a physician and suspension of use.Learn More
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorders, can be caused by injury to the jaw joint, grinding of the teeth, dislocation of the soft cushion or disc in the jaw joint, or by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. According to the Mayo Clinic, however, in many cases, the cause of TMJ is unclear.Full Answer >
The active ingredient in Aleve is the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) naproxen sodium; each dose contains 220 milligrams of the drug. Aleve's inactive ingredients are magnesium stearate, povidone, FD&C blue #2 lake, polyethylene glycol, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, talc and microcrystalline cellulose.Full Answer >
Voltaren Gel is a topical medicine used treat joint pain in the hands, feet, wrist, elbows, knees and ankles caused by osteoarthritis, according to Drugs.com. Voltaren Gel contains diclofenac, which is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that decreases the hormone in the body that causes pain and inflammation.Full Answer >
A well-balanced diet that helps to keep weight down, build strong cartilage and reduce inflammation is essential for people with osteoarthritis, according to WebMD. Controlling caloric intake is especially important, as maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce risk of developing osteoarthritis and prevent osteoarthritis from worsening.Full Answer >