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Posted by Michel L ( on November 23, 2001 at 14:10:36:

In Reply to: Anyone heard of VOLTAREN as a pain med for CHs....... posted by Tim T on November 23, 2001 at 12:14:05:

As a poster said, Voltaren is not a muscle relaxant, it falls in the category of NSAID.I take 2 75mg of VoltarenSR every day; I remembered in March that a few years back I was taking Voltaren for acute back problems and had no headaches and no CH's for the whole time. At a certain point a neuro recommended that I reduce my intake to 1 pill a day because of my physical weigth that did not justify that I take 2; he said one would be enough for my back problem that was less acute. One pill or 75 mg. was not enough to avoid CH, it really took 2 in my case.It takes at least a week to act, so Imitrex is necessary during the first week of a cycle to give time to the Voltaren to really be effective.At times, I have "ghosts", that strange feeling of being close to a full fledge attack, but the attack does'nt come.My problem is knowing when to stop taking them. I have'nt stopped since March, and you should know that these pills can be very hard on your stomach lining...eating something is a must. My doctor says that I must have a stomach of steel but I know it is not the case since I have some real pain in the stomach if I don't eat something or don't take my pill with a meal.I am beginning to sense that my family doctor is becoming more reluctant to prescribe voltaren on a continuous basis, the stomach problem possibility is not minor. Many people are highly intolerant to this anti-inflammatory medication; they can't bear the stomach pain.Anyway, it's just my experience with this medication.Good luck and pain free days,Michel LQuebec City

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