DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 50MG TABLETS

Active substance: DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
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VOLTAROL RAPID 50mg TABLETS / DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 50mg TABLETS
(diclofenac potassium)
This product is available as any of the above names but will be referred to as Voltarol Rapid Tablets throughout the
following leaflet.
What you need to know about Voltarol Rapid Tablets
Your doctor has decided that you need this medicine to help treat your condition.
Please read this leaflet carefully before you start to take your medicine. It contains important information.
Keep the leaflet in a safe place because you may want to read it again. If you have any other questions, or if there
is something you don’t understand, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Never give it to someone else. It may not be the right medicine for
them even if their symptoms seem to be the same as yours.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
7. What Voltarol Rapid Tablets are, and what they are used for
8. Things to consider before you start to take Voltarol Rapid Tablets
9. How to take Voltarol Rapid Tablets
10. Possible side effects
11. How to store Voltarol Rapid Tablets
12. Further information
1. WHAT VOLTAROL RAPID TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Diclofenac potassium, the active ingredient in Voltarol Rapid Tablets, is one of a group of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs reduce pain and inflammation.
Voltarol Rapid Tablets relieve pain, reduce swelling and ease inflammation in:
 Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthrosis, acute gout, low back pain, ankylosing spondolytis
 Migraine
 Conditions affecting the joints and muscles such as sprains and strains, soft tissue sports injuries, frozen
shoulder, dislocations, and fractures
 Conditions affecting the tendons for example, tendonitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis.
They are also used to treat pain and inflammation associated with orthopaedic, dental and other minor surgery.
2. THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU START TO TAKE VOLTAROL RAPID TABLETS
Some people MUST NOT take Voltarol Rapid Tablets.
Talk to your doctor if:
 you think you may be allergic to diclofenac potassium, aspirin, ibuprofen or any other NSAID, or to any of the
other ingredients of Voltarol Rapid Tablets. (These are listed at the end of the leaflet.) Signs of a
hypersensitivity reaction include swelling of the face and mouth (angioedema), breathing problems, runny nose,
skin rash or any other allergic type reaction
 you have now, or have ever had, a stomach (gastric) or duodenal (peptic) ulcer, or bleeding in the digestive tract
(this can include blood in vomit, bleeding when emptying bowels, fresh blood in faeces or black, tarry faeces)
 you have had stomach or bowel problems after you have taken other NSAIDs
 you have severe heart, kidney or liver failure
 you are more than six months pregnant.
You should also ask yourself these questions before taking Voltarol Rapid Tablets:
 Do you suffer from any stomach or bowel disorders including ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?
 Do you have kidney or liver problems, or are you elderly?
 Do you have a condition called porphyria?
 Do you suffer from any blood or bleeding disorder? If you do, your doctor may ask you to go for regular checkups while you are taking these tablets.
 Have you ever had asthma?
 Are you breast-feeding?
 Do you have heart problems, or have you had a stroke, or do you think you might be at risk of these conditions
(for example, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol or are a smoker)?
 Do you have Lupus (SLE) or any similar condition?
 Do you have an intolerance to some sugars such as sucrose? (Voltarol Rapid Tablets contain sucrose.)
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, discuss your treatment with your doctor or pharmacist
because Voltarol Rapid Tablets might not be the right medicine for you.
Are you taking other medicines?
Some medicines can interfere with your treatment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the
following:
 Medicines to treat diabetes
 Anticoagulants (blood thinning tablets like warfarin)
 Diuretics (water tablets)
 Lithium (used to treat some mental problems)
 Methotrexate (for some inflammatory diseases and some cancers)
 Ciclosporin or tacrolimus (used to treat some inflammatory diseases and after transplants)
 Trimethoprim (a medicine used to prevent or treat urinary tract infections)
 Quinolone antibiotics (for infections)
 Any other NSAID or COX-2 (cyclo-oxgenase-2) inhibitor, for example aspirin or ibuprofen
 Mifepristone (a medicine used to terminate pregnancy)
 Cardiac glycosides (for example digoxin), used to treat heart problems
 Medicines known as SSRIs used to treat depression
 Oral steroids (an anti-inflammatory drug)
 Medicines used to treat heart conditions or high blood pressure, for example beta blockers or ACE inhibitors.
 Voriconazole (a medicine used to treat fungal infections).
 Phenytoin (a medicine used to treat seizures)
 Colestipol/cholestyramine (used to lower cholesterol)
Always tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you are taking. This means medicines you have
bought yourself as well as medicines on prescription from your doctor.
Pregnancy
 Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Although not common, abnormalities have been reported in
babies whose mothers have taken NSAIDs during pregnancy. You should not take Voltarol Rapid Tablets
during the last 3 months of pregnancy as it may affect the baby’s circulation.
 Are you trying for a baby? Taking Voltarol Rapid Tablets may make it more difficult to conceive. You should talk
to your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant, or if you have problems getting pregnant.
Will there be any problems with driving or using machinery?
Very occasionally people have reported that Voltarol Rapid Tablets have made them feel dizzy, tired or sleepy.
Problems with eyesight have also been reported. If you are affected in this way, you should not drive or operate
machinery.
Other special warnings
 You should take the lowest dose of Voltarol for the shortest possible time, particularly if you are underweight or elderly.
 There is a small increased risk of heart attack or stroke when you are taking any medicine like Voltarol. The risk
is higher if you are taking high doses for a long time. Always follow the doctor’s instructions on how much to
take and how long to take it for.
 Whilst you are taking these medicines your doctor may want to give you a check-up from time to time.
 If you have a history of stomach problems when you are taking NSAIDs, particularly if you are elderly, you must
tell your doctor straight away if you notice any unusual symptoms.
 Because it is an anti-inflammatory medicine, Voltarol may reduce the symptoms of infection, for example,
headache and high temperature. If you feel unwell and need to see a doctor, remember to tell him or her that
you are taking Voltarol.
3. HOW TO TAKE VOLTAROL RAPID TABLETS
The doctor will tell you how many Voltarol Rapid Tablets to take and when to take them. Always follow his/her
instructions carefully. The dose will be on the pharmacist’s label.
Check the label carefully. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep taking your tablets for as long as you have been told, unless you have any problems. In that case, check with
your doctor.
Take the tablets with or after food.
Voltarol Rapid Tablets are specially formulated to act quickly. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. Do
not crush or chew them.

The usual doses are:
Adults
75 mg to 150 mg daily divided into two or three doses. The number of tablets you take will depend on the strength
the doctor has given you.
For the relief of migraine in adults:
Take 50 mg at the first signs of an attack. If the migraine has not gone after 2 hours, take another 50 mg. You can
take further doses at intervals of 4 to 6 hours if necessary, but you must not take more than 200 mg in a day.
Elderly
Your doctor may advise you to take a dose that is lower than the usual adult dose if you are elderly. Your doctor
may also want to check closely that the Voltarol Rapid Tablets are not affecting your stomach.
Children over 14
75 mg to 100 mg daily divided into two or three doses.
Voltarol Rapid Tablets are not recommended for children under 14. They are not recommended for the
treatment of migraine in children of any age.
The doctor may also prescribe another drug to protect the stomach to be taken at the same time, particularly if you
have had stomach problems before, or if you are elderly, or taking certain other drugs as well.
What if you forget to take a dose?
If you forget to take a dose, take one as soon as you remember.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, though, just take the next dose and forget about the one you missed. Do not
double up on the next dose to make up for the one missed. Do not take more than 150 mg (three 50 mg tablets or
six 25 mg tablets) in 24 hours.
What if you take too many tablets?
If you, or anyone else, accidentally takes too much, tell your doctor or your nearest hospital casualty department.
Take your medicine pack with you so that people can see what you have taken.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Voltarol Rapid Tablets are suitable for most people, but, like all medicines, they can sometimes cause side effects.
Some side effects can be serious
Stop taking Voltarol Rapid Tablets and tell your doctor straight away if you notice:
 Stomach pain, indigestion, heartburn, wind, nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting (being sick)
 Any sign of bleeding in the stomach or intestine, for example, when emptying your bowels, blood in vomit or
black, tarry faeces
 Allergic reactions which can include skin rash, itching, bruising, painful red areas, peeling or blistering
 Wheezing or shortness of breath (bronchospasm)
 Swollen face, lips, hands or fingers
 Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
 Persistent sore throat or high temperature
 An unexpected change in the amount of urine produced and/or its appearance.
If you notice that you are bruising more easily than usual or have frequent sore throats or infections, tell your
doctor.
The side effects listed below have also been reported.
Common side effects (These may affect between 1 and 1 in 10 in every 100 patients):
 Stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, indigestion, wind, loss of appetite
 Headache, dizziness, vertigo
 Skin rash or spots
 Raised levels of liver enzymes in the blood.
Rare side effects (These may affect between 1 in every 1000 to 1 in every 10,000 patients):
 Stomach ulcers or bleeding (there have been very rare reported cases resulting in death, particularly in the
elderly)
 Gastritis (inflammation, irritation or swelling of the stomach lining)
 Vomiting blood
 Diarrhoea with blood in it or bleeding from the back passage
 Black, tarry faeces or stools
 Drowsiness, tiredness
 Hypotension (low blood pressure, symptoms of which may include faintness, giddiness or light headedness)
 Skin rash and itching
 Fluid retention, symptoms of which include swollen ankles
 Liver function disorders, including hepatitis and jaundice.
Very rare side effects (These may affect less than 1 in every 10,000 patients):
Effects on the nervous system:
Tingling or numbness in the fingers, tremor, visual disturbances such as blurred or double vision, hearing loss or
impairment, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sleeplessness, nightmares, mood changes, depression, anxiety, mental
disorders, disorientation and loss of memory, fits, headaches together with a dislike of bright lights, fever and a stiff
neck, disturbances in sensation.
Effects on the stomach and digestive system:
Constipation, inflammation of the tongue, mouth ulcers, inflammation of the inside of the mouth or lips, taste
changes, lower gut disorders (including inflammation of the colon or worsening of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s
disease).
Effects on the heart, chest or blood:
Palpitations (fast or irregular heart beat), chest pain, hypertension (high blood pressure), inflammation of blood
vessels (vasculitis), inflammation of the lung (pneumonitis), heart disorders, including congestive heart failure, or
heart attack, blood disorders (including anaemia).
Effects on the liver or kidneys:
Kidney or severe liver disorders including liver failure, presence of blood or protein in the urine.
Effects on skin or hair:
Serious skin rashes including Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Lyell’s syndrome and other skin rashes which may
be made worse by exposure to sunlight.
Hair loss.
Other side effects that have also been reported include:
Inflammation of the pancreas, impotence, facial swelling, inflammation of the lining of the brain (meningitis), stroke, throat
disorders, confusion, hallucinations, malaise (general feeling of discomfort), inflammation of the nerves in the eye.
Medicines such as diclofenac may be associated with a small increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Do not be alarmed by this list – most people take Voltarol Rapid Tablets without any problems.
If any of the symptoms become troublesome, or if you notice anything else not mentioned here, please go
and see your doctor. He/she may want to give you a different medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE VOLTAROL RAPID TABLETS
 Do not store above 30°C. Protect from moisture.
 Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
 Do not take Voltarol Rapid Tablets after the expiry date which is printed on the outside of the pack.
 If your doctor tells you to stop taking the tablets, please take any unused tablets back to your pharmacist to be
destroyed. Do not throw them away with your normal household water or waste. This will help to protect the
environment.
 If the tablets becomes discoloured or shows any other signs of deterioration, you should seek the advice of your
pharmacist.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
Voltarol Rapid Tablets are reddish-brown round coated tablets with no markings. Each tablet contains 50 mg
diclofenac potassium, as the active ingredient.
The tablets are enteric-coated. This special coating prevents absorption of diclofenac potassium in the stomach,
reducing the risk of stomach irritation. It is absorbed when it reaches the intestine.
The tablets also contain the inactive ingredients silica colloidal anhydrous, calcium phosphate, magnesium
stearate, maize starch, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, microcrystalline cellulose, red iron oxide (E172),
macrogol 8000, sucrose, talc and titanium dioxide (E171).
The tablets come in blister packs containing 30 tablets.
PL No: 17805/0315

Voltarol® Rapid 50mg Tablets / Diclofenac Potassium 50mg Tablets

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This medicine is manufactured by Novartis Farmaceutica S.A., Barbera del Valles, Spain and is procured from
within the EU by the Product Licence holder Delta Pharma (Europe) Ltd, 1 Colonial Way, P.O. Box 233, North
Watford, Herts WD24 4EW and repackaged by O.P.D. Laboratories Ltd, Colonial Way, Watford, Herts WD2 4PR.
Voltarol and Voltaren are registered Trademarks of Novartis AG, Switzerland.
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref) 10/09/2012

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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