A Great Alternative for Oral NSAID
When you feel a slight osteoarthritis pain in one or two of your joints, you probably would have applied one of the oral NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to relieve the pain. However, it has been long known that such drug will expose the user to the risks of ulcers, potential heart attack, stomach upset, and kidney or liver problems. So, an alternative for that popular drag which is able to minimize the risks is very welcomed. One alternative is voltaren cream, also known as voltaren gel. This drug is in the same NSAIDs class albeit with lower probability of exposing its user to the usual risks.
Voltaren cream had been approved by FDA although the usage for this drug is greatly restricted with a compulsory prescription by licensed doctor or healthcare provider. This is a topical medication, which means that you apply this drug in the sites where the pain is felt. Therefore it is very suitable for partial pain in smaller joints. This is because diclofenac sodium, the main component of this drug, will be fast in dipping into the near surface of the skin where it is considered blocked some substance in the body that causes the inflammation and hence reduced the pain. In the studies that support the approval of FDA to this drug, it was stated that this drug is capable to decrease the pain levels by 46 percent. It was also reported that this drug is most effective when used by people of 65 years or older. This is because people of that age are usually have had decreased performance in their stomach and had higher heart attack factor so that they were not recommended to take oral NSAIDs. If you want to avoid systematic side effects which are caused by continuous pills intakes, this cream is a great solution. In fact, a physician will be able to extract an oral NSAID and turn it into cream.
While its efficacy is much promoted, the cost for this healthcare drug is also less expensive than the usual oral NSAIDs. Since it is composed specifically for reducing osteoarthritis pain, voltaren cream is also able to reduce the overall expense for painkiller drugs treatment. The attacked site will be eased faster and the need for other medicine is greatly reduced. However, if you are already taken an oral NSAID or have pain several joints, it will not be wise to use this drug.