Does Voltaren (diclofenac) help osteoarthritis pain?

Voltaren (diclofenac) is prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that helps relieve osteoarthritis pain, inflammation, swelling and stiffness in the joints. In osteoarthritis, cartilage that supports and cushions the joints wears away, causing bones to rub against each other. As the cartilage becomes damaged, chemicals called prostaglandins are released, which cause nerve endings to send pain signals to the brain.

Diclofenac stops prostaglandin production to reduce pain. Other brand names of diclofenac include Cambia, Cataflam, Voltarol and Zipsor. If you have a history of heart disease, taking diclofenac may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. Also, tell your doctor or pharmacist what other medications you are taking to avoid drug interactions. 

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