Compare ibuprofen vs. Voltaren

Advil (Ibuprofen) and Voltaren (Diclofenac sodium) are pain relievers and inflammation reducers. Ibuprofen works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs. Diclofenac sodium works well for pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.

Advil
(ibuprofen)

Voltaren
(diclofenac sodium)

Relieves pain, fever, and swelling. Advil (ibuprofen) works well for treating fever, inflammation, and a variety of mild to moderate pain conditions, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.Relieves pain and inflammation. Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) works well for pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.
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Reviews for Advil (ibuprofen)
88%
of people (All ages) say Advil (ibuprofen) is worth it
52%
say it works well
4%
say it's a big hassle
892 reviews
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Reviews for Voltaren (diclofenac sodium)
81%
-7% worse vs. Advil (ibuprofen)
76%
+24% better vs. Advil (ibuprofen)
5%
-1% worse vs. Advil (ibuprofen)
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Side effects
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The ibuprofen FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Any side effect 12%
  • Application site dermatitis 11%
  • Any application site reaction 5%
  • Application site reaction 14%
  • Application site pruritus 7%
  • Application site rash 29%
  • Application site rash 15%
  • Application site contact dermatitis 29%
  • Application site pain 30%
  • Application site dry skin 15%
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How it works
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Advil (ibuprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It stops the inflammation process in your body, which relieves pain, swelling, and fever.Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.
Type of medication
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Over-the-counter
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Suspension
  • Extended release
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Eye drops
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of heart problems
  • Taking Advil (ibuprofen) for a long period of time
  • History of stomach bleeding
  • Age 60 or older
  • Taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or blood thinners
Detailed Advil (ibuprofen) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
Detailed Voltaren (diclofenac sodium) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Food
ibuprofenVoltaren
  • It needs to be taken with food or millk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Take it with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
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  • Advil (ibuprofen) can damage your kidneys. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Talk to your doctor if this worries you, or if you already have kidney damage before you start taking Advil (ibuprofen).
  • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. These problems are more likely the longer you take it.
  • Can affect your kidneys' ability to work as well.
  • Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time necessary can lower your risk of kidney problems. It's important to get lab tests to check your kidney function periodically if you use Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) for long periods of time.
Pain
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  • Good for relieving pain due to common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, and sports-related injuries.
  • Do not take for more than 10 days for pain relief or more than 3 days for fever. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not go away.
  • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Good for muscle aches and pains.
  • May treat arthritis pain better than other similar medicines (NSAIDs).
Upsides and benefits
ibuprofenVoltaren
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is effective for treating fever, pain, and inflammation.
  • Good for relieving pain due to common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, and sports-related injuries.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is generally safe to use, cheap, and available over-the-counter.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) causes less stomach problems than its alternatives.
  • It comes in different flavored liquid forms that makes it easy for children to take.
  • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Good for muscle aches and pains.
  • May treat arthritis pain better than other similar medicines (NSAIDs).
  • Can cause less upset stomach than other NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil).
  • It's also available as a gel that you put on your skin. If it's hard for you to swallow pills, this could be a good option.
  • If you're only using the gel, you won't have the same side effects that you would while taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth.
Downsides and risks
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  • Advil (ibuprofen) doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs, so you need to take it a few times a day to get relief of your symptoms.
  • It needs to be taken with food or millk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is not as safe as other alternatives for pregnant women and people who are age 60 or older.
  • It can cause serious complications like stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long period of time.
  • Like all NSAIDs, Advil (ibuprofen) can raise your risk of getting blood clots, a heart attack, or stroke.
  • Can cause serious stomach problems like inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. The chances that a stomach problem will occur is worse the longer you take this medication, but it can happen at any time while taking it.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
  • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. These problems are more likely the longer you take it.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
ibuprofenVoltaren
  • Starts working in about 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Take it with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
  • Do not take for more than 10 days for pain relief or more than 3 days for fever. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not go away.
  • If you normally take a daily aspirin, make sure to take Advil (ibuprofen) at least 30 minutes after taking aspirin or more than 8 hours before taking aspirin. This will help make sure the aspirin still works in your body.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) increases the risk of stomach bleeding so tell your doctor right away if you experience any bleeding.
  • If you are allergic to aspirin, there is a chance you may be allergic to Advil (ibuprofen) as well.
  • If taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth, take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Can cause stomach ulcers, especially if taking it by mouth often.
  • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily. You shouldn't take any other 'blood thinner' medications unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
  • Don't use it the first two weeks after a heart surgery.
  • Can affect your kidneys' ability to work as well.
  • If using the skin (topical) gel, use the dosing card it comes with to make sure you measure the correct dose. You also won't have many of the same side effects that you would if taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth.
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