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Voltaren Gel

  • By Kpaco32

    Has there been any discussion about using Voltaren Gel? I’ve had severe migraines for the past five years and my mom recently gave me her bottle of arthritis medicine in an attempt to help with my pain.

    I put a small amount of this gel on the back of my neck, shoulders, and sides of my face and was astonished at how quickly the pain there subsided. I’ve have continued to use it with similar results. My friend, who also suffers from migraines, has been having these successful results as well. My biggest problem with migraines is once I have one it doesn’t go away. This gel has been extremely helpful in quenching my hard-to-end migraines.

    I have seen some references to other doctors prescribing Voltaren for migraines, but I’m wondering why it is not more widely used?

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  • By Becky

    I never thought to try it on my face, my mom also has a script for it. I put it on my neck because my neck swells with my migraines but never thought to try it on the face.

    Thanks,
    Becky

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    KPacheco – Voltaren is sometimes used for Migraine, however it is a drug that can result in MOH, so care is necessary and normal MOH precautions taken. https://migraine.com/blog/help-how-can-i-not-overuse-migraine-medications/ It doesn’t address the Migraine itself, and therefore could potentially end a patient up in a worse situation, so care and direction under the guidance of a knowledgeable physician is really a must.

    Voltaren is diclofenac sodium, and a special formulation designed for Migraineurs called Cambia https://migraine.com/blog/cambia-approved-for-treatment-of-migraine/ can be purchased Rx if it is helpful to you. Here is a special coupon for Cambia: https://migraine.com/offer-center/migraine-prescription-drug-coupons/cambia/ Used with other NSAIDs, it could be extremely dangerous however.

    The gel is the same active ingredient as the pill or powder, however it is applied topically and therefore reaches specific areas in a more concentrated way. I want to caution you however, and everyone else reading this…

    Please, never change your current management protocol without first discussing it with your doctor. Do NOT use medicines that were prescribed for another person. This is dangerous and I can’t begin to tell you of the seriousness of doing this without talking to your doctor first.

    Voltaren can cause problems when taken in certain circumstances. I don’t know what you are taking currently, and only your doctor can really help you decide what is okay and what is not, but I am urging caution here.

    I used a similar drug topically – indomethacin. It did help me, but the help was very temporary. Taking it topically meant I couldn’t take it any other way, and I got more benefits from taking it systemically vs. in a targeted manner.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Rebeccapa – PLEASE do not change your current management protocol without consulting your doctor, and PLEASE, never take someone else’s prescription medicine. This can be so very, very dangerous as this medicine can cause serious side effects when used with other medicines, or in people with specific contraindications. Here is a warning post on it: https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-drug-cambia-associated-with-increased-risk-of-heart-attack-stroke/

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  • By Kristenlucas

    I recently started using Voltaren for my neck and shoulder stiffness/pain, that when untreated leads to migraines. It is amazing, really has helped me.

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  • By Kpaco32

    I did follow up with my doctor and he said there wasn’t any issue with me using Voltaren. He gave me a prescription. Interestingly the dosage for me is very small. I use an amount the size of a pea which will cover most of the back of my neck.

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  • By Kpaco32

    Not at all. The most I use it is two applications in a day two days in a row. That is for a very severe migraine. Typically it takes one application once a day, two days in a row and then the pain is gone. Interestingly the pain does not come back in force after I apply it. I’m still dealing with the migraine pain in my head, but not so much on my neck, shoulders and temple.

    FYI my biggest problem with migraines is that I can not get rid of them. Once I get them I’m looking at 2 weeks or more of a migraine. I have tried all the medications without success.

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    • By Ellen Schnakenberg

      Thank you KPacheco

      I’m glad you’re not using it frequently. This contains a drug that can cause MOH and I was concerned that you might be using it daily as a preventive, which could backfire for you.

      I’m happy you have found something useful. I wish I would work for more patients!

      ~Ellen

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  • By Pete Adams

    As mentioned in an earlier topic, for those trying to get more comprehensive information and how to get the gel, I found Voltaren Gel at *** for a reasonable price and fast shipping. Voltaren is great, especially when you have tendonitis.

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  • By Pete Adams

    Not sure if I can post the link: *****


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    • By The Migraine Girl Moderator

      Peteadams29,

      We really appreciate your wanting to share information that has been helpful for you with other Migraine.com members. Due to our community rules, I had to remove the link you shared above. You can review the community rules here: https://migraine.com/about-us/community-rules/

      Thanks for your understanding and willingness to share with others something that has been so helpful for you.

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  • By cabaillargeon

    I got here because I searched to see if it was safe to apply Voltaren to my face and behind my ears and my temples, etc because I have trigeminal neuralgia and am having a horrible flare. From what I read here it is safe to apply topically to the face and so I am giving it a shot. I will give just about anything a shot to get rid of this pain. Here’s to keeping my fingers crossed that this helps. Even if it takes it out of the excruciating zone and puts it in the severe pain zone I will be happy.

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    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Hi cabaillargeon,

      I’m sorry you are having a flare – that must be hard. If you aren’t sure about using Voltaren on your face, it would probably be best to contact your pharmacist to verify things.

      Let us know how you make out,
      Nancy

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