Voltaren Gel Liver Problems
The arthritis topical treatment Voltaren Gel may cause liver problems, according to a new warning required by the FDA. Postmarketing reports suggest that users of Voltaren Gel could face an increased risk of liver damage, the need for a liver transplant or death.
>>FDA LINK: Voltaren Gel Liver Side Effects Warning
In a statement posted on the FDA MedWatch site Friday, new warnings will be added to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory topical drug, which is indicated for relief of pain of osteoarthritis of joints in the knees and hands. Information will be added about the potential for elevation in liver function tests during treatment with Voltaren Gel.
According to the FDA statement directed to rheumatologists and pharmacists:
In postmarketing reports, cases of drug-induced hepatotoxicity have been reported in the first month but can occur at any time during treatment with diclofenac. Postmarketing surveillance has reported cases of severe hepatic reactions, including liver necrosis, jaundice, fulminant hepatitis with and without jaundice, and liver failure. Some of these reported cases resulted in fatalities or liver transplantation.
In a letter sent to healthcare professionals, Novartis Consumer Health and Endo Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Voltaren Gel, recommended that doctors monitor patients within 4 to 8 weeks after starting treatment, but indicated that severe liver reactions can occur at any time during treatment.
Potential warning signs of Voltaren liver problems could include:
- Right Upper Quadrant Tenderness
- Flu-Like Symptoms
VOLTAREN GEL LIVER FAILURE LAWSUITS
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are evaluating the new information provided by the FDA and drug maker to evaluate whether users diagnosed with liver failure may be entitled to compensation through a Voltaren Gel lawsuit. To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member who has experienced liver damage, required a liver transplant or died as a result of liver problems, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.