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Voltarol/Diclofenac increasing the risk of cardiovascular events.

Diclofenac/Voltarol causing heart problemsA recent review1 of Voltarol/Diclofenac has revealed that it is as bad in causing heart and circulation problems as Vioxx, which some time ago was withdrawn from Worldwide markets.

Alternative medication such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Celebrex do have no-risk doses but not Diclofenac, which have the potential to cause issues even in small amounts.

As Diclofenac is symptom relieving and not  disease modifying some doctors recommend that people with heart disease who take Diclofenac should stop taking it and talk to their GP about a suitable alternative.

Maybe other ways of minimising the dependence on medication should be sought? If not already tried why not give suitable physical treatment, acupuncture or supplements such as Glucosamine Sulphate or Fish Oils a go.

Of course you should always check the suitability of any supplement as interaction with medication or disease processes is possible.

Providing that we have all available information we are always happy to advise. Just give us a call.


1. McGettigan P, Henry D. Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that elevate cardiovascular risk: An examination of sales and essential medicine lists in low-, middle-, and high-income countries. PLoS Med 2013; DOI:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001388. Full article

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