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Voltaren is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory type of drugand it reduces hormones in order to relieve pain caused by ankylosingspondylitis and arthritis. It can also be used for certain other purposes.Voltaren can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and some otherlife-threatening conditions. One should seek immediate medical attention if experiencingchest pain, slurred speech, balance problems, vision problems, short breath,heart and circulation problems induced by Voltaren. Voltaren can also causeperforation or bleeding in the intestines or the stomach. Medications thatcontain ketoprofen, Aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen should not be taken if onealready takes Voltaren. Alcohol must not be consumed while taking Voltaren becauseit increases the risk of stomach bleeding.

Side Effects

Gastrointestinal side effects of Voltaren includes gastrointestinalbleeding, ulcerations and colonic strictures. All these side effects areusually more likely to occur in patients that consume moderate amounts ofalcohol on a regular basis. Other gastrointestinal effects of Voltaren includeconstipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, duodenal ulcers, obstruction,anastomotic ulcers, peptic ulceration, ileocolitis, pseudomembraneous colitisand 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 ofvoltaren include renal insufficiency, compromised renal functioning andend-stage renal disease in some cases. Other renal side effects includes hematuria, urinary frequency, nocturia, renal papillary necrosis, nephroticsyndrome, acute renal failure, proteinuria, interstitial nephritis andtransient anuria.

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

Musculoskeletal side effects have included knee pain,anorexia, decreased muscle strength and rhabdomyolysis. Rare cases ofhypersensitivity side effects triggered by Voltaren have included bronchospasm,rash, urticaria, angiodema, anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions. Metabolicside 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 cerebrovascularstroke, cardiac thrombus, cerebrovascular venous thrombosis and sudden cardiac deathamong others. Voltaren can also be the cause of high blood pressure.

Other sideeffects of Voltaren include anxiety, depression, psychotic reactions,irritability, taste disturbance, tinnitus, hearing loss ,dry eyes, nightblindness and blurred vision.

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