~Unique combination of a gel and cream
Composition allows it to penetrate through the skin and fight pain at the source
Targets and acts at the inflamed area
Non-greasy and easy to rub into the skin
~For the local symptomatic relief of pain and inflammation in:
- trauma of the tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints, eg due to sprains, strains and bruises
- localised forms of soft tissue rheumatism
~Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
Since systemic absorption of diclofenac from a topical application is very low such interactions are very unlikely. There are no known interactions with Voltarol Emulgel but for a list of interactions known with oral diclofenac the data sheet for oral dosage forms should be consulted.
~Voltarol Emulgel should be rubbed gently into the skin. Depending on the size of the affected site to be treated 2-4g (a circular shaped mass approximately 2.0-2.5cm in diameter) should be applied 3 - 4 times a daily.
After application, the hands should be washed unless they are the site being treated
1g of Voltarol Emulgel contains 11.6mg of the active substance diclofenac diethylammonium, which corresponds to 10mg diclofenac sodium.
• Patients with or without chronic asthma in whom attacks of asthma, urticaria or acute rhinitis are precipitated by acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) or other non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
• Hypersensitivity to diclofenac or any of the excipients
• Third trimester of pregnancy.
• The use in children and adolescents aged less than 14 years is contraindicated.
4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use
The possibility of systemic adverse events from application of Voltarol Emulgel cannot be excluded if the preparation is used on large areas of skin and over a prolonged period (see the product information on systemic forms of diclofenac).
Voltarol Emulgel contains propylene glycol, which may cause mild, localised skin irritation in some people.
Concomitant use of oral NSAID's should be cautioned as the incidence of untoward effects, particularly systemic side effects, may increase. (See also 'Interactions')
Voltarol Emulgel should not be co-administered with other products containing diclofenac.
Voltarol Emulgel should be applied only to intact, non-diseased skin and not to skin wounds or open injuries. It should not be allowed to come into contact with the eyes or mucous membranes, and should not be ingested.
Discontinue the treatment if a skin rash develops after applying the product.
Voltarol Emulgel can be used with non-occlusive bandages but should not be used with an airtight occlusive dressing.
Some possibility of gastro-intestinal bleeding in those with a significant history of this condition has been reported in isolated cases.