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   Posted 6/6/2007 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
I am a new guy.  My Doc says I have RA or Peusdo Gout. My blood test are both non conclusive.  So I have "Indistingushiable" sp? Arthritis. He gave me a Medro pack first.  This took all my joint pain away and my finger and wrist pain.  I was amazed.  However, such good things do not usually last and it did not.  I saw my Doc today and he prescribed Plaquenil and Voltaren.  I do not see any people on this forum that has mentioned Voltaren.  Does anyone have any feedback on thier experiences with this NSAID?  Thanks glcnd

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 6/7/2007 3:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there GLCND - Welcome to healing well.. I have been on Voltaren before, it has been in my NSAID du jour for a while.. Unfortunately it didn't provide me any relief.. but I rarely get relief from the NSAIDs... If your RA is early on, it may be more helpful for you.. I'm sure others will be along shortly to chime in.. good luck to you, and again, nice to meet you..
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   Posted 6/7/2007 4:16 AM (GMT -7)   
welcome GLCND, i am not familiar with the med but wanted to welcome you to hw.

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   Posted 6/7/2007 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   

I took voltaren for a while early on.  It did help me, but caused some wicked GI symptoms so I wasn't on it for long.  I'm also on plaquenil, although I can't honestly tell what plaquenil is doing 'cause I'm taking mtx too.  I hope the voltaren helps you--it takes a while for the plaquenil to kick in.


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 6/7/2007 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome,

I have had the dose packs and yes they work wonders don't they?!? I like them but the doctors don't! I also took Voltaren when I first started going to my doctor and it didn't really help. I am on plaquenil but didn't get it until the last six months or so. I am undiagnosed with a negative RF factor as well. I have finally started taking methotrexate as well.

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 6/7/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
welcome to Healing Well!
wow, so my prayers have been answered, we were just wishing for MORE MEN here! LOL...that is to add to the male perspective on things.
i am currently taking Voltaren {or Diclofenac whatever fits your fancy} right now.
pretty much have tried every NSAID & Cox2 with failure.  Arthrotec {voltaren + misoprostal} was the BEST (besides steroids) at helping my RA pain...
had to stop it due to bleeding issues.
so Voltaren i've been on for about a month.
i take 50mg (3 or 4 per day) along with the slew of my other RA meds.
i don't know what o think about Voltaren yet.
i can't say tha it works to take away the pain...but i'm hoping that by taking it daily BEFORE major pain kicks might work in a matter of prophylaxis?
i still have to use tylenol, prednisone, celebrex & morphine on top of the Voltaren...this i'm not too happy about.
in my opinion...i'd give it at least 2 months of daily therapy before making a switch to another med...Voltaren might take a little while to hit a peak level in the blood where it works more efficiently.
plaquenl + this nsaid is a good combo & one will help the other work better.
do give it a few weeks...ya might be surprisedin the difference a while can make with these meds.
so many meds for autoimmune diseases take quite some time for us to get any results, so waiting is the hard part.
best wishes to you!
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 

Stanley Ipkiss
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 7/19/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I've got a backup supply of Voltaren but in addition to managing the pain for 8 hours, it caused me some serious stomach pain. So, for a few hours every day I'd be popping tums, drinking warm tea, and trying to do everything I could to get the stomach pain, gas, and bloating under control. I couldn't do it after about 4 days. Switched to celebrex and am now on it.

Post Edited (Stanley Ipkiss) : 7/19/2007 10:53:32 AM (GMT-6)

New Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 7/19/2007 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on a generic of Voltaren called Diclofenac, it worked okay for a while, but as I keep doing, I grew an immunity to it...

Wasn't a miracle drug, but it made the days bearable.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 1782
   Posted 7/20/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on it for a few weeks. Gave me the worst headaches and it really made my kidney area hurt. Did absolutely zip for my RA or AS... but that's me. I'm back to ibuprofen - seems that works. Go figure, bottom of the NSAID ladder. LOL Good luck and welcome!
"My "Trifecta" - CD, AS & RA...

Some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield

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Remicade every 6 weeks, Methotrexate weekly, Folic Acid daily

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 49
   Posted 9/12/2007 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   

I have been on voltaren in the beginning. I have spondylarthropathy, a different from of arthritis. I helped the joint inflammation quite a bit. However, it upset my colitis. If you don't experience side effect, then it may be a good option.
Ask you doctor about using a med to protect your stomach lining, such as protonix or acifex, etc. Good Luck.
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