What is Voltarol gel used for?
Do you have joint injuries and pain? Voltarol Emulgel is specially formulated for rubbing into the skin. It is used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation and swelling in painful conditions affecting the joints and muscles.
Voltarol Emulgel can be used to treat muscle and joint injuries and backache.
Do not apply the gel to skin that has (i) a rash or eczema (ii) cuts or open wounds. Stop the treatment if a skin rash develops after applying the product. Avoid applying on large areas of skin and over q prolonged period of time, unless under medical advice. Be careful when sunbathing or using sun lamps as your skin may be more sensitive to sunlight. If you have a stomach or duodenal ulcer (or a history of), tell your doctor or pharmacist before using the gel. Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking,or have recently taken, any other medicines, including those obtained without a prescription. Do not use Voltarol Emulgel if you are already taking diclofenac tablets or other NSAID pain/inflammation tablets (e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen).
Pregnancy and Breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. Voltarol Emulgel must not be used during the last 3 months of pregnancy, as it could harm your unborn child or cause problems at delivery. The product should only be used under medical advice during the first 6 months of pregnancy and the dose should be kept as low and duration of treatment as short as possible.
Voltarol Emulgel should only be used under medical advice during breast-feeding as diclofenac passes into breast milk in small amounts. However, The product should not be applied on the breasts of nursing mothers nor elsewhere on large areas of skin or for a prolonged period of time. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines
Voltarol Emulgel, when used as directed, is not expected to have any effect on your ability to drive or use machines.
How to use Voltarol Emulgel
Adults Take the tube out of the carton: a. For the aluminium tube: Before first use, pierce the sealing membrane of the tube with the spiked top of the cap. Do not use if seal is broken b. For the laminated tube: Unscrew and remove cap.When using for the first time, reverse the cap,engage with the nozzle, twist and remove the seal from the tube. Do not use if seal is broken.
Gently squeeze out a small amount of gel from the tube and apply to the painful or swollen area 3 to 4 times a day, slowly rubbing into the skin. The amount needed will vary depending on the size of the painful or swollen area; an amount ranging in size from a 1 penny to a 2 pence piece will usually be sufficient. You may notice a slight cooling effect when you rub the gel in.
Do not rub the gel into cuts, open wounds or any other area where the skin is abnormal. After rubbing the gel into the skin, do not cover with bandages or sticking plaster.
Be careful not to get the gel in your eyes. If this happens, rinse your eyes with clean water and tell your doctor.
Wash your hands after rubbing in Voltarol Emulgel, unless your hands are the site being treated. Replace the cap. Allow at least four hours between applications of the gel. Do not apply more than 4 times in any 24 hour period.
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