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Voltaren vs Meloxicam, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 73

This is personalized comparison of Voltaren vs Meloxicam for a male aged 73. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Voltaren (latest outcomes from 20,079 users) has active ingredients of diclofenac sodium. It is often used in arthritis.

Meloxicam (latest outcomes from 10,331 users) has active ingredients of meloxicam. It is often used in arthritis.

What is the symptom

Renal insufficiency (insufficient excretion of wastes by the kidneys) (latest reports from 1,775 patients) has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, multiple myeloma, high blood pressure, hiv infection, diabetes.

On Nov, 12, 2014: 3,619 male patients aged 70 who take the same drugs are studied in Voltaren vs Meloxicam

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Male70Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Drugs to compare:

Voltaren diclofenac sodiumNovartis
Meloxicam meloxicamApotex Inc

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 70 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

Voltaren (Novartis)Meloxicam (Apotex Inc)
Renal Insufficiency0.61%0.41%

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Voltaren (Novartis)Meloxicam (Apotex Inc)
Pyrexia (fever)Back Pain
Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)
Haemoglobin DecreasedDiarrhoea
Blood Creatinine IncreasedPyrexia (fever)
PneumoniaDrug Ineffective
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
Malaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Blood Urea IncreasedNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Condition AggravatedAtrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Voltaren (Novartis)Meloxicam (Apotex Inc)
Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage (bleeding gastrointestinal tract)Diverticulitis (digestive disease which involves the formation of pouches (diverticula) within the bowel wall)
Duodenal Ulcer (stomach ulcer)Dyspnoea Exertional (breathlessness or shortness of breath)
Respiratory Failure (inadequate gas exchange by the respiratory system)Gout (uric acid crystals building up in the body)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Depression
Cardiogenic Shock (inadequate circulation of blood)Chest Pain
Haematemesis (vomiting of blood)Arthropathy
EdBack Pain
DiarrhoeaHypertension (high blood pressure)
Anaemia (lack of blood)Hyperthyroidism (over activity of the thyroid gland)
Haemoglobin DecreasedRenal Failure (kidney dysfunction)

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high

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Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Voltaren (diclofenac sodium) is often used to treat arthritis. Meloxicam (meloxicam) is often used to treat arthritis. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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