Compare Voltaren vs. Tylenol

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

Cambia
(diclofenac)

Tylenol Regular Strength
(acetaminophen)

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 and fever. Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) effectively reduces fever and relieves pain, but it doesn't lower inflammation and swelling.
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Best available price for 30 (20mg) tablets of simvastatin
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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)?
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Reviews for Tylenol
77%
+4% better vs. Voltaren
37%
+39% better vs. Voltaren
3%
-2% worse vs. Voltaren
1002 reviews
Have you used Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen)?
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Side effects
VoltarenTylenol
  • Swelling 1%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Itching 1%
  • Gas 1%
  • Pain in limbs 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
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The Tylenol FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
VoltarenTylenol
Cambia (diclofenac) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which relieves pain by reducing the inflammation in your body.Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) is an analgesic. It relieves pain and lowers fever by stopping the production of certain chemicals in the brain that cause both pain and fever.
Type of medication
VoltarenTylenol
Prescription onlyOver-the-counter
Available as
VoltarenTylenol
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Suppository
  • Injection
Used for
VoltarenTylenol
Risk factors for serious side effects
VoltarenTylenol
  • 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 »
  • Medication administering errors
  • Injection formulation
  • Exceeding the recommended maximum daily limits
  • Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
Detailed Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) 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.

Alcohol
VoltarenTylenol
No alcohol related info.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) can damage your liver.
  • Heavy alcohol drinkers and people with liver problems should avoid using Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) since it can cause serious liver damage.
Food
VoltarenTylenol
  • Take with food or milk to prevent upset stomach.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
VoltarenTylenol
  • 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.
  • Taking too much acetaminophen causes liver damage that can be permanent and life-threatening. Signs of liver problems may include dark urine, feeling tired, upset stomach or stomach pain, or yellow skin or eyes. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately. Avoid drinking alcohol when taking Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen). Avoid using Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) if you have existing liver problems since it can cause further damage.
  • Doesn't cause kidney damage and is also safe to use if you have heart problems or if you're pregnant.
  • To avoid hurting your liver, you need to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen you are taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold combination medicines.
Pain
VoltarenTylenol
  • 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.
  • Works well to relieve pain and fevers.
Upsides and benefits
VoltarenTylenol
  • 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 and fevers.
  • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
  • Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) causes less upset stomach, ulcers, bruising, and bleeding than other pain medications like aspirin and Advil.
  • Doesn't cause kidney damage and is also safe to use if you have heart problems or if you're pregnant.
  • Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) has been used for a long time and is generally safe for short-term use.
Downsides and risks
VoltarenTylenol
  • 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.
  • Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) doesn't treat some kinds of pain as well as other medications like Advil.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) can damage your liver.
  • To avoid hurting your liver, you need to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen you are taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold combination medicines.
  • Heavy alcohol drinkers and people with liver problems should avoid using Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) since it can cause serious liver damage.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
VoltarenTylenol
  • 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.
  • Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) starts working within one hour.
  • Taking too much of Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) can cause liver failure and death. Don't take more than what's recommended on the package insert.
  • Acetaminophen is found in many over-the-counter and prescription products. Make sure the total amount of acetaminophen you take does not exceed 3,000 mg per day and check with your pharmacist to make sure you're not taking too much.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take.
  • Let your doctor know if your symptoms don't improve in a few days.
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