Voltaren SR (sustained release)or generic Diclofenac Sodium SR is prescription strength oral medication to treat the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and another inflammatory disease called ankylosing spondylitis. The enteric coating is designed to slowly release the ingredients of this non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID) at a predetermined rate to provide relief over an extended period of time. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Voltaren SR works by inhibiting the action of the cyclo-oxygenase enzymes known as COX-1 and COX-2. COX-1 maintains a baseline level of prostaglandins all the time to take care of normal housekeeping; however, COX-2, when signaled, produces prostaglandins as an immune response to an injury or a threat to do harm.
By inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, inflammation is reduced and you are able to function better without pain. With prolonged use of strong NSAIDs, COX-1 is unable to maintain the lining of your stomach and you could end up with ulcers as a result. The sustained release of Voltaren SR will help decrease the risk of this and other side effects.
Ankylosing spondylitis affects more men than women and usually starts in early adulthood. The first symptoms of pain and stiffness are noticed in the lower back and buttocks area and during the early stages could also cause a mild fever, decrease in appetite, and a general discomfort. As ankylosing spondylitis progresses, the pain and stiffness may spread up your spine and into your neck and shoulder blades.
Osteoarthritis is a wear and tear condition that involves the deterioration of the cartilage that lines your joints for smooth motion as you move. This will eventually turn into bone on bone irritation that is painful and will cause inflammation and swelling.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that has your own body’s defense system attacking its own organs or tissues without reason. There is no cure for arthritis, but Voltaren SR can improve your ability to carry out your daily activities with less pain and inflammation.
Ask your doctor about the safety of taking Voltaren SR if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Provide your doctor with a list of any OTC or Rx drugs you take, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements and discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have. This helps your doctor to determine if Voltaren SR is the right medication for you.
Make sure you are aware of the risks of taking any NSAID long-term. Your doctor may lower your dosage of Voltaren SR once your inflammation and pain are under control to reduce the danger of side effects. You may have to stop taking Voltaren SR for a period of time if you are scheduled for any dental or surgical procedures. Avoid driving and other activities that require you to be attentive until you know how your body will react to Voltaren SR.