Compare Voltaren vs. Naproxen

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Cambia
(diclofenac)

Aleve
(naproxen)

Relieves pain and inflammation. Cambia (diclofenac) works well for pain and is available in many different forms. If you have a history of heart problems or stomach bleeds, it may not be the best choice.Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation. Aleve (Naproxen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, and it lasts longer than other NSAIDs.
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Best available price for 5 (5ml of 0.1%) eye droppers of voltaren
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Best available price for 60 (500mg) tablets of naproxen
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5.76Voltaren
Reviews for Voltaren
81%
of people (All ages) say Voltaren is worth it
76%
say it works well
5%
say it's a big hassle
Have you used Cambia (diclofenac)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Naproxen
78%
+3% better vs. Voltaren
48%
+28% better vs. Voltaren
5%
Same vs. Voltaren
978 reviews
Have you used Aleve (naproxen)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
VoltarenNaproxen
  • Swelling 1%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Itching 1%
  • Gas 1%
  • Pain in limbs 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
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The Naproxen FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
VoltarenNaproxen
Cambia (diclofenac) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which relieves pain by reducing the inflammation in your body.Aleve (Naproxen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.
Type of medication
VoltarenNaproxen
Prescription onlyPrescription or OTC
Available as
VoltarenNaproxen
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Liquid
Used for
VoltarenNaproxen
Risk factors for serious side effects
VoltarenNaproxen
  • History of heart problems
  • Taking Cambia (diclofenac) for a long period of time
  • History of stomach bleeding
  • Age 60 or older
  • Taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or blood thinners
Detailed Cambia (diclofenac) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
Detailed Aleve (naproxen) 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.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Food
VoltarenNaproxen
  • Take with food or milk to prevent upset stomach.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver
VoltarenNaproxen
  • Cambia (diclofenac) 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 Cambia (diclofenac).
  • Can affect how your kidneys work.
  • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage.
  • Aleve (Naproxen) is an NSAID that can lower kidney function or cause damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Your doctor should check your kidney function if you take Aleve (Naproxen) for any amount of time.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
Pain
VoltarenNaproxen
  • Cambia (diclofenac) can cause stomach bleeding which can be dangerous. If you notice blood in your vomit or your stool has bright red blood or looks like black coffee grounds, or if you have pain in your stomach that doesn't go away, talk to your doctor right away.
  • Works well to relieve muscle ache and pain caused by inflammation.
  • May need to be taken two or three-times daily for maximum pain relief.
  • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
Upsides and benefits
VoltarenNaproxen
  • Works well to relieve muscle ache and pain caused by inflammation.
  • Minimal risk for addiction unlike narcotics.
  • Available in gel or powder packets if you have difficulty taking the pill.
  • Most forms are available as generic.
  • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
  • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
  • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen, so you can take it less often.
  • Aleve (Naproxen) works as well as Aspirin and Indomethacin to treat arthritis pain, and causes fewer stomach problems.
  • Although not without side effects, it's been around for a long time and is generally safe for short-term use.
Downsides and risks
VoltarenNaproxen
  • Not for chronic, daily use because of increased side-effects.
  • May need to be taken two or three-times daily for maximum pain relief.
  • Can cause serious stomach problems like inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding.
  • Can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
  • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage.
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Can't be taken by pregnant women.
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
VoltarenNaproxen
  • Take with food or milk to prevent upset stomach.
  • Can cause stomach ulcers especially if you've had ulcers before.
  • Can thin your blood. Avoid taking this with other blood thinners such as aspirin or warfarin unless your doctor says it's safe.
  • Don't use if you've recently had open heart surgery.
  • Can affect how your kidneys work.
  • Talk to your doctor if you're having trouble taking this medicine. It's available in other forms (gel, delayed-release pill, extended-release pill) that may have less side-effects.
  • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
  • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
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Have you used Cambia (diclofenac)?
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