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FAQ’s About a New OTC Topical Pain Reliever


PainBloc24® is a topical maximum strength capsaicin pain reliever in a patented formula that is available over-the-counter (OTC). There is a new topical pain reliever on the market which the FDA recently allowed to be sold OTC, called Voltaren Arthritis Pain. Both products can be used for the temporary relief of arthritis pain, but how else do they compare?


What is the active ingredient in each product?

The active ingredient in PainBloc24 is capsaicin 0.25%, which is not an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.)  The active ingredient in Voltaren is diclofenac sodium 1%, which is an NSAID.

What does each product do?

PainBloc24 is used for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with Arthritis, Simple Backache, Muscle Strains, Bruises and Sprains.

Voltaren is used for the temporary relief of Arthritis Pain only.

Where can each product be used?

PainBloc24 can be used on any joints and muscles, regardless of size, including backs, hips and shoulders and can be applied on numerous areas at the same time.

Voltaren cannot be used on larger areas including backs, hips and shoulders.  It is limited to applying to 2 body areas at time.

How do you apply each product?

PainBloc24 is applied with an easy, mess-free, touch-free applicator.  Apply a single layer using single strokes until the area is covered.  Apply up to twice a day.

For Voltaren, use their enclosed dosing card on which you must squeeze out the gel, so you can measure out the dose you need to use.  For upper body application, you are instructed to measure a 2-gram dose and for lower body application, you are instructed to measure a 4-gram dose.  Apply 4 times a day.

How long does the pain relief last with each product?

PainBloc24 can provide 24 hours of relief, that builds with use, when applied as little as once or twice a day.  And when used every day for a week, in a clinical study PainBloc24 relieved OA knee pain for the rest of the month, without reapplying.  This is because its active ingredient, capsaicin, works by deactivating certain nerve fibers that transmit pain signals from the joint to the brain.  Once deactivated, functioning of these fibers takes 3 – 4 weeks to regenerate, so PainBloc24 helps relieve pain for the remainder of the month.

Voltaren’s relief is shorter term.  It temporarily interferes with the inflammatory process in the joint.  It needs to be applied 4x a day, each day, in order to help relieve pain

What warnings are associated with using each product?  

Because the active ingredient in PainBloc24 is capsaicin, which is derived from chili peppers, some people may experience a burning or stinging sensation. Warnings for capsaicin are burning, irritation and redness, and an allergy warning.

Voltaren’s active ingredient is an NSAID (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and carries similar warnings to other NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen.  These warnings include potential liver damage, stomach bleeding, heart attack and stroke warnings. There is also an allergy warning.

Can you use the product while taking other pain medication?

You can use PainBloc24 while taking any oral pain medication, like ibuprofen or aspirin. However, as Voltaren’s label states, you must first talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any other drug.

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