What should I know about Voltaren-XR (diclofenac) before taking it?

Before taking Voltaren-XR (diclofenac) extended-release tablets, you should know that they are used to treat pain and inflammation from various types of arthritis.

Voltaren-XR (diclofenac) extended-release tablets belong to a drug class called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which pose serious health risks in some people.

Do not use Voltaren-XR (diclofenac) extended-release tablets if you have any allergies to aspirin or any other NSAID.

Tell your doctor if you have any cardiovascular, liver, or kidney conditions or if you have a bleeding ulcer or other gastrointestinal conditions.

Do not use Voltaren-XR (diclofenac) extended-release tablets right before or after heart bypass surgery.

Because Voltaren-XR (diclofenac) extended-release tablets are prescribed for long-term use, you should have frequent checkups with your doctor to be sure you do not develop serious gastrointestinal side effects.

This drug increases your risk for heart and circulation problems, as well as intestinal bleeding.

Do not drink alcohol while taking Voltaren-XR (diclofenac) extended-release tablets, as it may increase risk of these side effects.

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