Pennsaid VS Voltaren: Patient Experiences

PharmaFlare analyzed patient experiences on Pennsaid VS Voltaren
May 28, 2012 - PRLog -- Since there is a shortage of Voltaren Gel in the market, most of the Orthopedicians asked us to compare patient viewpoints on Pennsaid Vs Voltaren to manage the prescription choice (Pennsaid Vs Voltaren).

PharmaFlare ( analyzed 35 different patient viewpoints on Pennsaid VS Voltaren, 25 of which were more favorable to Pennsaid than Voltaren and the rest 10 in which Voltaren was more favorable than Pennsaid.

Sample Patient Experiences where Pennsaid was more positive than Voltaren (Total 25 Comments):

Reasons for staying with Pennsaid as compared to Voltaren:

• High Efficacy (21)
• Side Effects of Voltaren (2)
• Physician Advice (2)

Sample Comment 1:

Yeah my hands (and feet) are getting bad. No damage that I can see, but the pain and stiffness is much worse over the last year or so. I asked my dr about it and he said it's part of spondylitis and the treatment would be the same as it is with AS so diagnosis isn't important right now. But as I said My fingers slightly different now, but I'm not sure it's anything too serious yet. Like some days my wedding ring slides right off and an hour later it'll be red/blue because it's so tight. Pennsaid works well on them luckily. Pennsaid is a liquid version of voltaren, slightly better then the gel version.

Sample Comment 2:

I can't have any NSAID pills, but I've had good luck with topical NSAIDS. I've used Voltaren, Pennsaid, and a 10% ketoprofen cream made for me by a compounding pharmacist. So far, Pennsaid seems to be the strongest, though it's also the most expensive ($170 for a 2-3 month's supply.) It's worth it to be able to move, though.

Sample Comment 3:

Frankie is right. I've been using pennsaid for my elbow for the past year. It's has greatly helped my pain levels. I have found that it works much better than voltaren, which I had used previously to no avail.

Sample Patient Experiences where Voltaren was more positive than Pennsaid (Total 10 Comments):

Reasons for Switching to Voltaren from Pennsaid:

• Low Efficacy (8)
• Side Effects of Pennsaid (1)
• Physician Advice (1)

Sample Comment 1:

First, I must apologise for laughing. And I was definitely NOT laughing at your pain, but viualizing you smacking the doc while he was choking on the aspercream. Sorry. The ice thing is probably a good idea. 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Keep repeatting this process. But try and get some voltaren emulgel. You can get it at just aboutt any pharmacy or walmart, etc.... It works quite well. It's the same drug as the prescription Pennsaid. I was using pennsaid for about 4 years until they came out with the voltarenemulgel. I find the emulgel actually works better than the pennsaid. Try this as soon as you can. I hope it helps.

Sample Comment 2:

I've tried both. It is my understanding that dimetyl sulfoxide would ccontribute more to the epidermal absorbtion of diclofenac sodium at 16.05 mg than the topical emugel voltaten. The use of pennsaid requires more application and would prove more expensive in the long run compared to the voltaren emugel which, i believe, delivers less diclofenic sodium.

Sample Comment 3:

Something that works well for some folks is a topical form of diclofenac (which is an anti-inflammatory).  We don't want to overload our smaller stomachs with anti-inflamatories, so topical is a good option.  The topical form comes in a liquid called Pennsaid or in a gel called Voltaren.  I prefer the Voltaren.  It is less messy.  Both of these meds are expensive, so a good RX plan is necessary.

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