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Active substance(s): KETOPROFEN

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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are 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:
1. What Fastum Gel is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Fastum Gel
3. How to use Fastum Gel
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Fastum Gel
6. Further information
Fastum Gel contains a medicine called ketoprofen. Fastum Gel belongs to a group of medicines called NonSteroidal Anti- Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). These reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Fastum Gel is used to relieve the pain of soft tissue injuries, and acute strains and sprains. Fastum Gel should
only be used by adults and children over 12 years of age.
Do not use Fastum Gel and tell your doctor if:
• you are hypersensitive (allergic) to the active substance ketoprofen, UV blockers (sun creams) or perfumes
• you are hypersensitive (allergic) to any of the other ingredients of Fastum Gel (see Section 6, “Further
information” for a list of other ingredients)
• you are hypersensitive (allergic) to aspirin, other NSAIDs (eg ibuprofen) or any medicines for pain relief or
inflammation including tiaprofenic acid
• you are hypersensitive to fenofibrate (a medicine used to lower blood cholesterol)
• you have had wheezing (asthma), runny nose (rhinitis) or an itchy rash (hives) after taking aspirin or other
NSAIDs (eg ibuprofen)
• you intend to use it on skin conditions such as eczema or acne, an open or infected wound, abscess, ulcer or
• the area to be treated is near the eyes
• you are pregnant (see pregnancy and breast-feeding section).
Stop using Fastum Gel immediately if you experience any skin reaction including reactions after co-application
with octocrylene containing products (octocrylene is an ingredient used in several cosmetic and hygiene products
such as shampoo, after-shave, shower and bath gels, skin creams, lipsticks, anti-ageing creams, make-up
removers and hair sprays in order to delay product breakdown due to sunlight).

Protect your skin from sunlight even on a bright but cloudy day. Do not use sunbeds.
This applies during treatment and for two weeks after stopping.
Take special care with Fastum Gel
• If you have heart, liver or kidney problems, talk to your doctor before using Fastum Gel.
• The use of large amounts of Fastum Gel may give rise to side effects such as hypersensitivity and asthma.
• Exposure to the sun (even hazy) or to UV from a sunbed or solarium of areas treated with Fastum Gel can
induce potentially serious skin reactions (photosensitisation). Therefore it is necessary to:
o Protect treated areas by wearing clothing during treatment and for two weeks following its
discontinuation to avoid any risk of photosensitisation.
o Wash your hands thoroughly after each application of Fastum Gel.
• Treatment should be discontinued immediately upon development of any skin reaction such as rash after
application of Fastum Gel.
• Avoid direct sunlight and solarium (sunbeds) during and for 2 weeks after treatment.
• Do not exceed the recommended length of treatment.
• Do not use near mucous membranes (eg lips, vagina).
• If you have asthma as well as a persistent runny nose, sinusitis or nasal polyps, you may have a higher risk
of being allergic to aspirin or similar medicines than other people.
The safety and efficacy of Fastum Gel in children has not been established.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, e.g. oral
anticoagulants (blood thinning medicines). This includes medicines you can buy without a prescription. This is
because Fastum Gel can affect the way some other medicines work. Also, some other medicines can affect the
way Fastum Gel works.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It may affect your baby.
Driving and using machines
Fastum Gel should not affect your ability to drive and use machinery.
How to apply Fastum Gel
It is important to use Fastum Gel as directed:
• tube: unscrew the cap and pierce the aluminium seal with the point in the top of the cap.
• pump dispenser: when using the pump dispenser for the first time, press the top of the dispenser several
times or push the bottom until the gel is released). Keep the dispenser in a horizontal position during use (see
the pictures below).
When and how much to use
Apply a length of gel 5-10 cm (2-4 inches) long (3-6 pushes of the pump dispenser) to the skin of the affected
area two or three times daily.
How and where to use Fastum Gel
• Fastum Gel is for external use only
• Gently massage the gel on the area you need to treat
• Wash your hands immediately after use
• Do not apply Fastum Gel to sore, broken or infected skin

Do not use Fastum Gel near the eyes, mouth, nostrils, anal and genital regions
Stop using Fastum Gel if you get a rash, itchy or sensitive skin after use
Do not use with an air-tight or water-tight dressing (i.e. do not bandage, wrap, or cover the area with a
plastic dressing)
Do not use too much of this medicine.

Protection from the sun and sunbeds
• Do not expose the skin that has been treated with Fastum Gel to direct sunlight or sunbeds during treatment
or for the following 2 weeks.
How long should you use Fastum Gel for?
Do not use Fastum Gel for more than 10 days in a row.
If your symptoms persist after 10 days, tell your doctor.
If you use more Fastum Gel than you should
When Fastum Gel is externally applied (on the skin), very little reaches the blood. For this reason overdose
effects are most unlikely.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Fastum Gel can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop using Fastum Gel and tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side-effects:
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people) are:
• Localised allergic skin reactions such as redness, swelling, itching and blisters: in some severe cases, these
might also spread beyond the area of application
• Sensation of burning skin
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people) are:
• Severe skin reactions (similar to severe sunburn) during exposure to sunlight
• Increased sensitivity of your skin to sunlight.
• Skin vesicles (skin blisters)
• Itchy skin reactions (skin rash)
• Cases of more severe forms of eczema which may spread or become generalized have occurred rarely.
Very rare side effects (may affect less than 1 in 1,000 people) are:
• Stomach ulcer, which may be bleeding, and diarrhoea
• Kidney problems (worsening of a pre-existing renal dysfunction)
Not known (cannot be estimated from the available data)
Other effects, which depend on the amount of gel applied, the extent of the area that is treated, skin thickness,
length of treatment, and the use of an air-tight or water-tight dressing, are the following:

Allergic reactions, which may lead to difficulty breathing and/or may be very severe (anaphylaxis). If this
occurs, seek medical aid immediately.
A kind of skin infection (known as impetigo)
Higher than normal levels of eosinophils (a particular kind of blood cell)
Hypersensitivity (a type of allergic reaction)
Swelling of the eyelids or of the lips

Inflammation of blood vessels (known as vasculitis)
Loose stools
Interruption of normal functioning of the kidneys
Higher than normal body temperature
Complication of wounds

Elderly people are generally more likely to suffer from side effects of Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
(the drug class to which Fastum Gel belongs).
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.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Store below 25°C.
Do not use Fastum Gel after the expiry date which is on the carton and tube/dispenser. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
What Fastum Gel contains
The active substance is ketoprofen.
Fastum Gel contains 2.5% ketoprofen.
The other ingredients are carbomer 940, ethanol, neroli essence, lavender essence, trolamine and purified water.
What Fastum Gel looks like and contents of the pack
Fastum Gel is a colourless, almost clear gel. Fastum Gel is available in the following pack sizes - 50 g and 100 g
tube, 50 g pump dispenser.
This leaflet was last revised in 01/2013.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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