Can you use Voltaren gel on my neck? 

Can you use Voltaren gel on your neck? 

Yes, you can apply Voltaren gel on your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and legs. However, there are some places where you shouldn’t apply Voltaren gel, that include your face – near your eyes, nose, mouth, and your genitals. 

Voltaren gel should only be applied to clear skin and should never be used on broken, cracked, or open skin, or if you have a wound, skin infection, or any other skin disease. 

If you’re using Voltaren for the first time, it’s best 

If your skin does not respond to it within 10-15 minutes, then you can safely apply it over a large area of your skin. 

If you do notice redness or itching at the site of gel application, immediately wash it off and don’t apply it again on your skin. If you’re concerned about anything, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. 

Research studies on the effectiveness of Voltaren gel for neck pain

There are a number of studies indicating the effectiveness of Voltaren gel for different kinds of pain, including neck pain. A randomised controlled trial study indicated that Voltaren gel resulted in better pain relief in acute neck pain as compared to the placebo (1). 

Another research study discussed the effectiveness of Diclofenac gel for chronic neck pain and indicated that this is indeed a good topical treatment option. 

Some of the people actually gained promising results and people who couldn’t tolerate oral NSAIDs because of gastrointestinal side effects safely used Voltaren gel for pain relief. 

However, it is important to note that topical pain-relieving gels can not control chronic pain. In that case, oral medication is essential for better pain relief. However, the topical gel can still be used along with oral painkillers. 

Safety considerations for using Voltaren gel on the neck

It is important to make sure that you are using Voltaren gel in the best possible way. If you are a new Diclofenac user, make sure you are not allergic to it. 

The best way to do so is to apply the gel on a small part of your skin to check whether or not it triggers an allergic reaction. Some people may not be allergic to the active drug Diclofenac but to any other inactive ingredients present in the gel (2). 

Make sure you keep the gel away from your eyes, nose, and mouth, as it can cause irritation and other adverse effects if it comes into contact with these areas. If it accidentally does come in contact with such sensitive parts, immediately rinse it off with water. 

It is also important to make sure that you don’t use a heating pad right after applying Voltaren gel. If the gel is sitting around on your shelf for a long time, make sure to check if it’s still good to use and not expired

While Voltaren Gel is generally well-tolerated, it can cause side effects such as skin irritation, itching, and redness. If these or other adverse effects occur, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional.

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