Voltaren dosage information and treating overdose

Well, any medication can deliver positive results if taken in right dose. Doctor recommends the right dosage for any medication depending on your medical condition and severity of health ailments. Similarly overdose can also lead to many complications that need immediate treatment or at times they are fatal too. This article will help you know about the right dosage information for NSAID Voltaren and treatment for overdose of voltaren

 

What if you miss your dose?

You can take the dose you miss immediately after you remember. If you remember a bit late when you are suppose to take your next dose then skip the missed dose. Do not take extra dose to make up for the missed dose.

In case of overdose immediately call poison help centre

Dosage information

Consider the possible risks and benefits of taking Voltaren and other alternative treatment methods before you opt for Voltaren. Use the lowest dose for short term to get maximum benefits.

After monitoring patient’s response to low doses of Voltaren, the frequency and dose is adjusted to suit patient’s needs

You should take Voltaren as prescribed by your doctor. You doctor can change your dose as and when needed to get better results. Take Voltaren exactly as instructed by the doctor.

Read the prescription and direction mentioned on the label. Do not use Voltaren in high doses than recommended and try not to take Voltaren for a long term. Do not break or crush Voltaren tablets and swallow the whole tablet. Gently close the bottle after use and in case of any queries you can ask your pharmacist or doctor.

Store the medicine away from heat and moisture at a room temperature.

Osteoarthritis

Recommended dosage is

100-150 mg per day to be taken in divided doses for example 50mg two times a day or three times a day or 75mg twice a day.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Recommended dosage is

150-200 mg per day to be taken in divided doses for example 50mg three times a day or four times a day or 75mg twice a day.

For relief – Ankylosing spondylitis

Recommended dosage is

100-125 mg per day to be taken in divided doses for example 25mg four times with 25 mg extra dose at bedtime is required.

Treatment for Voltaren Overdose

Patients should be treated by supportive and symptomatic care in case of overdose. There are no particular antidotes. Activated charcoal (60-100g for adults, 1-2g/kg for children and osmotic cathartic can be indicated in cases where patient is monitored within four hours of overdose symptoms (large doses of almost 5-10 times more than normal dose). Hemodialysis, forced diuersis, urine alkanization or hemoperfusion is not found to be useful due to large protein binding.

Voltaren is not recommended for use for anyone below 18 years of age.

Following your doctor’s instructions is always helpful. Do not overdose as it can lead to many more complications. If you suspect any symptoms to be severe, immediately contact your health care provider. Before using Voltaren, ask everything you want to know about the medication so that you can avoid serious side effects.

Some important facts to be considered about Voltaren

Voltaren is a NSAID that helps eliminating the substances in our body, that cause inflammation and pain. Voltaren is basically used to treat pain (mild to severe) and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Generic name: Diclofenac sodium

Brand Name: Voltaren and Voltaren-XR

One should avoid using Voltaren if they are allergic to aspirin or any other NSAID. Voltaren can lead to intestinal and bleeding and stomach bleeding, which can be life threatening too. These conditions can occur unexpectedly when using Voltaren, especially in elderly people.

If you are using Voltaren for a long term or taking high doses of Voltaren, there can be risks of heart stroke or heart attack. Even people not having any heart disease can get a heart attack or stroke while using this medication.

Also avoid using Voltaren before and after heart surgery (bypass). Avoid using Voltaren if you had experienced asthma attack or you are allergic to aspirin.

To know whether Voltaren is safe for you or not, tell your doctor if you have the following health ailments

  • Asthma
  • High Bp, high, cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes or you have smoking habit
  • Fluid retention
  • History of stomach bleeding or stomach ulcers.
  • History of blood clot or heart stroke, heart attack

If you are using Voltaren for a long term, your doctor might advise you certain medical tests frequently.

Store the medicine away from heat and moisture at a room temperature. Gently close the bottle when you are not using the medicine.

Read the instructions given on the label carefully before you use Voltaren. Do not drink alcohol while taking Voltaren. Talk to your doctor if you are using any other medications for allergy, cold or pain as these medicines can interact with Voltaren.

Voltaren is supplied in form of tablets- enteric coated. Tablets of 75 mg are available in light pink color for oral consumption.

Is Voltaren addictive?

Voltaren can be addictive for some people, and due to this it becomes necessary for your doctor to monitor you frequently to check the drug usage that he has prescribed you. Since the drug is used for short term as well as long term, make sure you get yourself checked regularly and seek medical advice from your doctor.

If you are worried about addiction, discuss with your doctor to check if he can prescribe any other medication instead of Voltaren that gives the same effects. Your doctor knows your medical condition well and he can help you choose the right alternative medicine or adjust the dose of Voltaren so that you don’t get addicted to the drug. Taking Voltaren in low doses can also help reduce the chances of addiction.

Some people use NSAIDs for treating physical pain as well as emotional pain and unknowingly get addicted to the drug, which is harmful. So make sure you get maximum benefits and avoid risks like drug dependency.

Always consult your doctor before changing your dose. Do not stop taking Voltaren suddenly as it can cause problems too.

Severe side effects of Voltaren need immediate medical attention

Unwanted and unexpected side effects that appear after taking any narcotic drug can disturb your day to day life. Some side effects can be mild and go with time whereas others need immediate medical attention. This article will brief in the side effects of voltaren that are common and need no medical and others that need emergency medical help in time.

If you notice signs of allergy to voltaren like sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, trouble in breathing, wheezing, hives, swollen throat, lips, face, tongue and breathlessness, call your doctor immediately.

You need immediate emergency help in case you observe signs of chest pain, heart stroke or heart attack, slurred speech, sudden numbness on either side of your body.

Common side effects of voltaren are

  1. Diarrhea
  2. High blood pressure
  3. Constipation
  4. Drowsiness, dizziness, headache
  5. Pain or swelling in legs or arms
  6. Stuffy nose
  7. Vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, indigestion or gas
  8. Increased sweating or itching

Major side effects of Voltaren which are more common

  • Cloudy urine
  • Constipation
  • Tarry or bloody stools
  • Belching
  • Stomach or abdominal bloating, pain or cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Decrease in urine quantity
  • indigestion
  • skin rash or itching
  • vomiting or nausea
  • weight loss
  • pale skin
  • stomach pain(severe)
  • chest pain or pain in breastbone
  • exertion and breathing problems
  • unusual weakness or tiredness
  • swelling

The symptoms of overdose that needs immediate emergency medical help are

  • Blurred vision
  • Hives
  • Agitation
  • Hostility
  • Irritability
  • Unconsciousness
  • Shallow, slow or fast breathing
  • Nervousness
  • Muscle twitching
  • Discomfort or pain in throat, upper stomach or chest
  • Blue or pale skin, fingernails or lips
  • Seizures
  • Unexpected weight gain
  • Stupor
  • Sleepiness
  • Chest tightness
  • Swollen hands, ankles or face
  • Puffiness around eyes, swollen eyelids, tongue, lips or face
  • Sleeping problems
  • Unusual dullness, sluggishness or drowsiness

Minor side effects – Voltaren

Some minor side effects of voltaren do not need any medical attention. The side effects disappear when your body gets used to voltaren. You doctor will help you know how to control these minor side effects, but do not ignore them if they exist for a long period.

Some more common side effects

  1. Hearing loss
  2. Passing gas
  3. Buzzing or continuing sound in ears
  4. Loss or lack of strength

In case of any side effects that bother you for a long time or you feel they are troublesome; contact your medical help immediately. Some severe side effects, if not treated on time can be life threatening. The medication works differently for every one depending on your medical condition. Speak to your doctor if you are taking any other medications along with Voltaren so that your doctor can check for drug interactions, which can also result in serious side effects.

Try to educate yourself on possible side effects and keep a track of any unusual symptoms that you notice that need emergency medical attention.

How does Voltaren effects pregnancy and breastfeeding

During pregnancy or breastfeeding a woman is worried about her health as well as health of her baby. While breastfeeding or during pregnancy a woman is conscious about what she eats, the medicines she takes as she knows it is directly or indirectly going to affect her baby. She needs to be extra conscious during these phases of her life.. Using NSAIDs during pregnancy or breastfeeding is bit tricky as some drugs are safe and others are not. It is always better to know about the drug you are using and its benefits and risks to you and your baby. This article will help you understand the effects of voltaren during breastfeeding and pregnancy

Pregnancy and Voltaren

Using voltaren during pregnancy is not advised until and unless your physician has prescribed you, especially during  30 weeks or more than 30 weeks of pregnancy. Doctors often prescribe voltaren for some women before thirty weeks of pregnancy. In normal cases paracetamol is prescribed to control pain and if paracetamol isn’t effective in controlling pain, it is better to speak to your doctor before you take any NSAID or voltaren. Voltaren available in gel form is also not recommended in pregnant women to treat pain as it can enter your bloodstream.

There is no scientific evidence that taking voltaren before thirty weeks of pregnancy can be harmful for your baby. So if you have already taken voltaren, speak to your doctor if you still need the medication or if low doses of voltaren can work for you well.

Can voltaren lead to miscarriage?

It is still not known whether taking voltaren in initial stages of pregnancy can lead to miscarriage. However, women who use voltaren are at high risk of miscarriage than those who do not use voltaren during pregnancy. However,  women suffering from certain medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, need voltaren or other NSAID during pregnancy. These health ailments itself increase the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women.  More research is still required to understand whether the miscarriage can happen as result of using voltaren.

Can use of voltaren cause birth defects in unborn baby?

A baby’s body and internal organs are developed during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. It is crucial period when certain medicines cause birth defects.

Breastfeeding and Voltaren

It is still not known whether taking voltaren during breastfeeding can harm your baby. But it is better to avoid use of voltaren in high doses. Take voltaren occasionally and to minimize the effects of this drug, take medicine after breastfeeding your baby.

No data is still available that explains the secretion of voltaren in breast milk. As we know that medicines do affect us in many ways and lactating mothers know that some portion of drug can pass through breast milk to their babies. Using voltaren for a long term during breastfeeding will affect your baby in some or the other way as exposure to voltaren will leave some side effects.

Avoid using voltaren or if necessary consult your doctor to check if low doses can work for you or your doctor can suggest you some other alternative medicine.

Common Voltaren drug interactions that can have serious side effects

The drug interactions can be severe and fatal too. If you are using any NSAID, you need to be aware of possible drug interactions for that drug. Your doctor can guide you on drug interactions, but you also need to let your doctor know if you are using any other medication apart from NSAID. Voltaren has drug interactions too and if you are using Voltaren, knowing about some common drug interactions that can have serious side effects can be of great help.

Aspirin- Voltaren

If you are using aspirin with Voltaren, speak to your doctor as using these medications together can develop gastrointestinal ulcers and bleeding. In such cases you need frequent monitoring and dose adjustment.  If you experience nausea, vomiting, bloating, appetite loss, tarry or black stools, contact your medial help immediately.

Lisinopril- Voltaren           

Speak to your doctor before you start taking Voltaren and lisinopril together. Taking these two medications together can reduce the lisinopril affect in controlling blood pressure. These medications when taken together can hinder the function of your kidney. You need dose adjustments   and regular monitoring to use both the medications safely. Contact your doctor if any unusual symptoms persist.

Furosemide – Voltaren

Before using furosemide, let your doctor know that you are using Voltaren. The doctor might suggest you dose adjustments or some special tests so that you can take both these medicines safely. If you are taking this combination drink a lot of water. Kidney function and blood pressure should be checked frequently. Also let your doctor knows if you are using any other medications including vitamins, herbs etc., do not stop or start taking the medications on your own. Consult your doctor for the right dosage.

Duloxetine- Voltaren

Using Duloxetine with Voltaren can cause bleeding.  The interactions can be severe if you are have liver or kidney disease or if you are an elderly person. Discuss with your doctor if you have any queries. Your doctor knows about the risks and can suggest you best treatment with relevant precautions and keep a check for any possible complications.

If you experience unusual bleeding, black, red or tarry stools, severe headache, vomiting, coughing, it is very important to inform your doctor about other medications you are using like vitamins, herbs etc.,

Hydrochlorothiazide – Voltaren

Let your doctor know that you are using Voltaren before you start taking Hydrochlorothiazide. If you are taking these two medications together, you might need dose adjustments and certain tests to use the medications safely. Drink a lot of water if you using the combination of two medications. Your doctor will frequently monitor your blood pressure as well as kidney function.

Discuss with your doctor if you are using any other medications and do not stop taking medicines without your doctor’s consultation.

Drug interactions can turn severe and to prevent the side effects you can talk to your doctor and take medicines as prescribed so that you can use medications safely.

Voltaren Gel and its possible side effects

Voltaren Gel (Diclofenac topical) is an anti-inflammatory nonsteroidal drug (NSAID). It helps reducing hormones causing pain and inflammation in our body. Voltaren topical is helpful n treating joint pain in elbows, wrists, ankles, knees, hands and feet caused due to osteoarthritis. This medication is not effective in relieving arthritis pain that might occur in any other part of the body.

Possible side effects- Voltaren Gel

You need to consult medical help immediately if you notice allergic reaction signs like breathing problems, hives, swelling of tongue, lips, throat or face.

If you notice serious and severe side effects ask for emergency help immediately like

  • Slurred speech, chest pain, vision problems, breathlessness, weakness
  • Tarry or bloody stools, vomit or getting blood while coughing
  • Urine of dark color, confusion, yellow skin
  • Pain in upper stomach, nausea, dark urine, appetite loss, frequent urination or no urination fast weight gain, swelling.
  • Fever, headache, sore throat, red skin (rash) blistering

Less serious Voltaren gel’s side effects

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Redness, itching, scaling, mild itching, skin irritation
  3. Stomach pain, mild nausea, upset stomach

Do not consume alcohol. It can lead to stomach bleeding. Avoid using insect repellant, sunscreen lotions, cosmetics or any other skin products (medicated) on the area where you apply Voltaren Gel.

Try not to get the medication in your eyes, mouth and nose. If it happens accidently rinse it with water. Avoid exposure to UV rays even artificial ones like tanning beds, sunlamps or direct exposure to sunlight.

There are many drugs that can affect Voltaren gel. So before you use Voltaren gel, learn about the drugs that affect Voltaren gel. They are

  1. Lithium
  2. Blood thinner
  3. Cyclosporine
  4. Water pill
  5. Steroids
  6. Methotrexate
  7. Any other medication taken for heart disease or blood pressure.

The risk of Voltaren Gel’s absorption in blood stream is low, still NSAIDs can cause problems like heart stroke or heart attack, if used for long term.

The medicine can also cause severe effects on intestines or stomach which includes perforation or bleeding. These conditions can turn to be fatal and can occur without any warnings when using Voltaren Gel especially in senior citizens.

The medication can also be harmful to your unborn baby so if you are pregnant speak to your doctor if you can use Voltaren Gel. After the application of Voltaren Gel, you need to wait at least for 10 minutes before you dress up and for an hour before you take shower.

For treating osteoarthritis pain with Voltaren Gel the medicine is available in dosing cards to show you how much gel you need to use in case of a 2 and 4 gram dose. Use the gel as shown and rub it on the affected area.

For treating arthritis pain that occurs in foot, spread the gel on affected areas of your foot including soles and toes. If you treating hands the gel needs to spread on had including palms and fingers. Store the Voltaren Gel away from heat and moisture in a room temperature. Do not try to freeze.

Get Knowledge about Voltaren

Voltaren is a NSAID (no steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) it works well to reduce substances present in the body that cause inflammation and pain. It is used for treating mild to moderate pain, symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Voltaren may lead to intestinal or stomach bleeding, which can also be fatal at times. This causes when you use Voltaren without warning. Voltaren can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack which can be fatal if consumed for a long period of time or taken in higher doses or if you have heart diseases. Even people not having heart disease can get heart attack when they are taking the medicine.

To make sure how safe is Voltaren for you, let your doctor know if you are suffering from

  • Asthma
  • Fluid retention
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • A history of stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • A history of blood clot or heart attack
  • High blood pressure, high diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease or if you have habit of smoking.

If you are pregnant and taking Voltaren during last 3 months of your pregnancy it can harm your unborn baby so discuss with your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive.  Also if you are nursing mother and when Voltaren passes to your baby through breast milk it could harm the baby. So avoid breastfeeding when you are taking the medicine.

Voltaren is also not recommended for anyone who is below 18 years of age. If you miss the dose, take it when you remember and do not take extra dose to make up the missed dose. Overdose also can lead to high risk so call your emergency help immediately. Avoid taking alcohol as it may increase the endanger stomach bleeding.

Avoid medicines such as aspirin or any other NSAIDs when taking Voltaren. You also need to consult pharmacist or your doctor if you are taking medicines for allergy, cold or for pain as these medicines contain aspirin.

Side-effectsVoltaren

Consult your doctor if you notice any allergic reaction to like stuffy nose, trouble breathing, runny nose, sneezing, swelling on lips, throat, and face or wheezing. Also consult your doctor in case you see signs of stroke, heart attack, chest pain, weakness or numbness.

Stop using Voltaren and speak to your doctor if you problems like

Stomach bleeding – vomit, coughing, bloody stools, liver problems like pain in upper stomach, jaundice, appetite loss, itching, symptoms of flu, nausea.

Kidney problems like no urination or less urination, painful urination, swollen ankles or feet, breathlessness.

High blood pressure – anxiety, confusion, severe headache

Sore throat, skin rash, swelling of tongue or face, burning eyes and fever etc., may occur.

Fast weight gain, skin rash, breathlessness even if they are mild is a matter of concern and needs to be checked with the doctor.

Common side effects of Voltaren are

  1. Stuffy nose
  2. Increased sweating, itching
  3. Headache
  4. Constipation, diarrhea
  5. Swelling in legs and arms
  6. Stomach pain and indigestion

Electrical And Lighting – Some Tips To Do It Yourself

Lighting installation in the house is extremely important. The lighting includes the natural lighting which includes the interiors being illuminated by the day light and the artificial lighting such as electrical lighting with lamps and others. The lighting in a house should be installed in such a way that the light is illuminated uniformly through out the houses particularly in halls. While reading books the table lights can be used. A housed designed with poor lighting system will have the impact in the health.

The mainly used lighting fixture is the holder where the bulb can be fixed. The lighting fixture should be transparent in order to illuminate the light properly. Down lighting and front lighting is commonly used in most of the houses. The light is fixed in the ceiling for down lighting and sideward in the case of front lighting. Up lighting is less commonly used in houses.

Here is a simple method to trouble shoot an electrical motor.

The wiring cover is opened by unscrewing and the screws are set aside. The motors name plate is read and the type of the motors is kept in the mind. Usually it would be a low voltage motor of 115 volts or 230 volts. It could also be a 230 volt three stage motor or a 430 volt high voltage motor. This determines the number of power leads the motor has. Two power leads motor are single phased motor of 115 volt or 230 volt whereas all the three phase motors will such as 230 volt and 430 volt have three wire leads.

The plastic wire connectors are removed that is connected to the power supply. Volt ohm meter set to the ohm condition. In order to ensure the rotation now identify the power leads with the volt ohm meter the lead should read as Open lead (OL) or zero ohms. So when the motor is re-terminated the rotation would be correct.

Touch any one lead to the volt ohm meter to the case of the motor. It should read zero or open lead. If it shows any voltage then it could be a short in the motor windings. This shows a bad motor. If the resistance of the volt meter reads 20 mega ohms or larger in the case of a three phase motor then it is fine. Some three phase motors are designed to have high resistances. This could also be the symbol of bearing being weird and windings may be spoilt due to the excessive heat created.

In case of a single phase motor the capacitor should be removed from its housing. Do not touch the leads of the capacitor. It is similar to the battery and might have stored high voltage charge. Now turn the ohm meter to voltage and touch the leads of the exploded capacitor. If the voltage is read then the capacitor is charged. Hold the lead until the capacitor fully discharges and read zero. In case of a single phase motors only the capacitor needs to be changed most of the time

Cold And Cough Preventing Tips ? Make Your Immune System so Powerful that No Cold and Cough Can Bother You.

Cough and colds are commonly spread by way of microorganisms or virus-infected minute droplets coughed or perhaps sneezed straight into the environment. There are approximately 200 different types of cold germs around the world that you could pick up an infection from. Tremendous amounts of money happen to be spent each year on over-the-counter cough as well as cold treatments. Older people develop anywhere between 2 and 5 common cold infections a year, while young people have around 5 to 10 cold infections annually.

Following are the simple strategies to make your immune system powerful to wrestle against cough and cold.

* Clean your hands:

Generally cold and influenza viruses are dispersed simply by direct touching. It is important that in order to cease catching cold and even flu; you should clean the hands often with soap or an anti microbial formula along with hot water. Refrain from rubbing down your eye area and even your nose in the event that you have not washed your hands.

* Drinking quite a lot of water:

Our bodies use fluids in order to filter out the body’s piled up waste items, and this has health boosting effects in general. Assuming you have cold as well as cough, you should try a glassful of orange juice. It really is an extraordinary source of vitamin C that will tone up the natural bodily systems.

* Eat some specific food items:

Dark green leafy vegetables (such as spinach and other green veggies) and acidic fruits (including oranges and even grapefruit) fulfill our bodies’ nutritional requirements and so the vitamin and mineral which are required to support your system beat bacterial infection and increase the immunity process. Plenty of food items are known to be beneficial for cough. Organic onions have also been beneficial in flushing out phlegm. The root belonging to the turmeric plants is helpful in treating dry cough. A mug of grape extract together a tsp. of honey is advised for cough elimination. Garlic herb is an effective remedy for whooping cough.

* Rest properly:

Acquiring adequate sleep at night additionally assists to supercharge the entire functioning of your own immune process. While someone is taking a nap, his brain is resting. One’s body is literally utilizing that time period to actually refresh your body and strengthen the immune system against microbial infection attacks.

* Go for physical exercise:

Daily workout routine enhances an immune system. Moderate work-out, like walking for 30 minutes, will no doubt help an individual in developing immune system strength. Exercising can easily eliminate your percentages of having colds by about 50%. These simple strategies together with prevention suggestions could very well help you to have fun with a healthy, infection free life.