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Voltaren is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory type of drug and it reduces hormones in order to relieve pain caused by ankylosing spondylitis and arthritis. It can also be used for certain other purposes. Voltaren can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and some other life-threatening conditions. One should seek immediate medical attention if experiencing chest pain, slurred speech, balance problems, vision problems, short breath, heart and circulation problems induced by Voltaren. Voltaren can also cause perforation or bleeding in the intestines or the stomach. Medications that contain ketoprofen, Aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen should not be taken if one already takes Voltaren. Alcohol must not be consumed while taking Voltaren because it increases the risk of stomach bleeding.

Side Effects

Gastrointestinal side effects of Voltaren includes gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcerations and colonic strictures. All these side effects are usually more likely to occur in patients that consume moderate amounts of alcohol on a regular basis. Other gastrointestinal effects of Voltaren include constipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, duodenal ulcers, obstruction, anastomotic ulcers, peptic ulceration, ileocolitis, pseudomembraneous colitis and small bowel ulceration. Hepatic side effects of Voltaren includes hepatitis, significant elevations in serum transaminases, maculopapular rash, lymphadenopathy and fatal cases of fulminant hepatitis. Renal side effects of voltaren include renal insufficiency, compromised renal functioning and end-stage renal disease in some cases. Other renal side effects includes hematuria, urinary frequency, nocturia, renal papillary necrosis, nephrotic syndrome, acute renal failure, proteinuria, interstitial nephritis and transient anuria.

Dermatological side effects of Voltaren include erythema, hives, pruritic maculopapular eruption, rash, alopecia, eczema, allergic purpura, toxic epidermal necrolysis and bullous eruptions. The most common hematologic side effects of Voltaren includes thrombocytopenia, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, aplastic anemia and agranulocytosis in certain rare cases. Other hematologic side effects includes purpura and some rare fatal cases of blood dyscrasias.

Musculoskeletal side effects have included knee pain, anorexia, decreased muscle strength and rhabdomyolysis. Rare cases of hypersensitivity side effects triggered by Voltaren have included bronchospasm, rash, urticaria, angiodema, anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions. Metabolic side effectd of Voltaren include hyperkalemic quadriparesis, hypoglycemia, inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion, azotemia and porphyria.

The side effects that influence the nervous system includes aseptic meningitis, drowsiness, headache, insomnia, tremor and dizziness.

Cardiovascular side effects of Voltaren are usually unstable angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, peripheral venous thrombosis, ischemic cerebrovascular stroke, cardiac thrombus, cerebrovascular venous thrombosis and sudden cardiac death among others. Voltaren can also be the cause of high blood pressure.

Other side effects of Voltaren include anxiety, depression, psychotic reactions, irritability, taste disturbance, tinnitus, hearing loss ,dry eyes, night blindness and blurred vision.

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