Diclofenac in my opinion should never be taken orally - which is the form in question here.
Diclofenac can safely be used topically. There is a new formulation of Voltaren gel being sold OTC by Novartis in India that is about 5 times for effective than previous topical diclofenac products. It uses a tocopherol phosphate carrier to take the diclo deeper into the tissues without allowing it to reach the circulatory system.
I imagine that if sales in India are as expected, this formulation will quickly replace Novartis’ old Voltaren formulations around the world.
That’s good news. Does this new formulation have a unique identifier to set it apart from the old formulation?
In the US, Voltaren Gel, is a prescription product, unless that’s also changed in the past two years.
Oh great... I’ve been taking it for years..
But, only sparingly... I take it before I play golf. So, probably refill my 30 pills 1-2 times a year.
Now what will I do? And, DON’T SAY “lose weight”!