VOLTAROL PAIN-EZE EXTRA STRENGTH 25MG TABLETS

Active substance: DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

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Extra Strength 25 mg tablets

If any of these apply to you, consult your doctor and do not
take these tablets.

Diclofenac potassium

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking
Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets.
It contains important information for you.
Follow the instructions below to get the best results.









Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again
Ask a doctor or a pharmacist if you need more information
or advice
Contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve
within 3 days
If any of the side effects get serious or if you notice any side
effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist

In this leaflet
1. What Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets are and
what they are used for
2. Before you take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets
3. How to take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets
6. Further information

have (or have had two or more episodes of) a stomach ulcer,
perforation or bleeding stomach or intestinal ulcer,
bleeding or perforation which may show up as a
severe indigestion
have noticed blood in your stools or black stools
(symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding)
are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant
are breastfeeding
are taking any other anti-inflammatory pain relievers or
aspirin with a daily dose above 75mg

1. What Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets are
and what they are used for
Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mgTablets contain diclofenac
which belongs to a group of medicines called “non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs” (NSAIDs). This medicine is a pain
reliever which also reduces inflammation (swelling) and fever.
Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mgTablets provide relief from:
• muscular pain, joint (rheumatic) pain, backache, headache,
dental pain, period pain.
• symptoms of colds and flu. This medicine also reduces fever.
2. Before you take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg
Tablets
Do not take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets
if you:
• are allergic to diclofenac or to any of the other
ingredients (listed at the end of this leaflet, section 6)
• have ever had an allergic reaction to medicines used to
treat pain, inflammation or fever, such as diclofenac,
ibuprofen or aspirin (a substance also used to prevent blood
clotting). Reactions may include: asthma, wheezing, skin
rash, face swelling, runny nose. If you are not sure, ask your
doctor or pharmacist

Take special care and ask a doctor or pharmacist before
use if you:
• have had stomach discomfort or heartburn after taking pain
relievers or anti-inflammatory medicines in the past
• have or have had asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high
blood pressure, a stroke, liver, heart, kidney or bowel problems.
• if you are taking other pain relievers or anti-inflammatory
medicines
• are intolerant to some sugars
• are on a controlled potassium diet
• are a smoker
• have a bleeding disorder or other blood disorders, including
a rare liver condition called hepatic porphyria
• are at risk of being dehydrated (e.g. by sickness, diarrhoea,
or before or after major surgery)
If any of these apply to you, tell your doctor or pharmacist
before you take these tablets.
Other precautions
• Medicines such as diclofenac may be associated with a
small increased risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction)
or stroke. Any risk is more likely with high doses and
prolonged treatment. Do not exceed the recommended
dose or duration of treatment.
• If you have heart problems, or have had stroke or think
that you might be at risk of these conditions (for example if
you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol
or if you are a smoker), tell your doctor or pharmacist before
you take Voltarol Pain-eze Tablets.
• Diclofenac belongs to a group of medicines which may
impair fertility in women. This effect is reversible on

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stopping the medicine. It is unlikely that Voltarol Pain-eze
Extra Strength 25mg Tablets, used occasionally, will affect
your chances of becoming pregnant, however, tell your
doctor before taking this medicine if you have problems
becoming pregnant.
Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets may reduce
the symptoms of an infection (e.g. headache, high
temperature) and may therefore make it more difficult to
detect. If you feel unwell and need to see a doctor,
remember to tell them that you are taking Voltarol Pain-eze
Extra Strength 25mg Tablets.

Elderly
As with other pain relievers, elderly people may be more
sensitive to the effects of Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength
25mg Tablets than other adults. Follow the instructions carefully and take the lowest number of tablets that provides relief
of symptoms. It is especially important for elderly patients to
report undesirable effects promptly to their doctor.
Children
Do not give Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets to
children under 14 years of age.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including any you have
bought without a prescription.
It is particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if
you are taking any of the following medicines:
• Lithium or a class of antidepressant drugs called SSRIs such
as fluoxetine or paroxetine (to treat depression)
• Digoxin (a medicine used for heart problems)
• ACE inhibitors or beta-blockers (for high blood
pressure and heart failure)
• Methotrexate (to treat some kinds of cancer or arthritis)
• Medicines used to treat diabetes, except insulin
• Diuretics (to increase the amount of urine)
• Medicines used to prevent blood-clotting
(“blood thinners” or anticoagulants)
• Other anti-inflammatory medicines or pain killers such as
aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen (includes cyclo-oxygen
ase-2 selective inhibitors (COX2) like celecoxib).
• Corticosteroids (for relief of inflamed areas of the body)
• Ciclosporin, tacrolimus (immunosuppressant for patients
who have received organ transplants)

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• Some medicines used against infection (quinolone
antibacterials).
Pregnancy
If you are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant, tell your
doctor and do not take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg
Tablets.
As with other anti-inflammatory medicines, the use of diclofenac,
the active substance in Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg
Tablets, may make it more difficult to become pregnant. This is
reversible on stopping the medicine. You should inform your
doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or if you have
problems becoming pregnant.

If you take more Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg
Tablets than you should
If you have taken too many tablets, tell your doctor or pharmacist
or go to the hospital emergency unit at once. You may require
medical attention. If possible, take the medicine with you.

STOP TAKING the medicine and tell your doctor if you
experience:
• Indigestion or heartburn
• Abdominal pain (pains in your stomach) or other abnormal
stomach symptoms

If you forget to take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg
Tablets
If you miss a dose, take the next dose as soon as you remember.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, take the next tablet at the
usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
tablet.

Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following
symptoms:
Common side effects
(likely to affect 1 to 10 people out of 100):
• Stomach pain, pain in the gut, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting,
flatulence,
• Headache, dizziness, vertigo,
• Skin rash,
• Change in liver function (e.g. level of transaminases).

Breast-feeding
Do not take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets if
you are breast-feeding as it might be harmful for your infant.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

Do not take too much
Do not take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets for
more than 3 days. If symptoms persist or worsen, tell your
doctor to ensure that they are not due to a serious illness. Do
not take more than the recommended dose.

Driving and using machines
Usually this medicine has no influence on the ability to drive
or use machines. However, in rare cases, you may experience
vision disorders, dizziness or drowsiness. If you notice such
effects, do not drive or use machines. Tell your doctor as soon
as possible.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg
Tablets can sometimes cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.

Important information about some of the ingredients
Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets contain sucrose.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance
to some sugars, ask your doctor before taking this medicine.
3. How to take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg
Tablets
For adults and children aged 14 years and over
It is important that you use the lowest dose that controls your
pain and that you do not take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength
25mg Tablets for longer than necessary.
Take an initial dose of 1 tablet when symptoms appear. If
needed, continue with 1 tablet after 4 to 6 hours. Do not take
more than 3 tablets per day. Do not take Voltarol Pain-eze Extra
Strength 25mg Tablets for more than 3 days.
Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water.

If you suffer from any of the following rare or very rare
side effects at any time during your treatment, STOP
TAKING the medicine and seek medical help immediately:
• blood in the stools/faeces or black tarry stools,
vomiting blood or dark particles that look like coffee grounds
• Allergic reaction including swelling of the face, mouth,
tongue or throat, often associated with skin rash, collapse,
• Wheezing and feelings of tightness in the chest, chest pain,
• Fainting,
• High blood pressure,
• Yellowing of the skin or eyes
• Sudden and severe headache, stiff neck, difficulty to
speak,convulsions,
• Skin rash with blisters, peeling of the skin, purple skin
lesions, blistering of the mouth or eyes,
• Swelling of arms, hands, legs and feet (oedema),
• Any change in the appearance or amount of urine,
• Unusual bleeding or bruising, high fever or persistent sore
throat.

Rare side effects
• Drowsiness,
• Urticaria (itching skin rash)
Very rare side effects
(likely to affect less than 1 person out of 10,000):








Constipation,
Mouth sores, taste disorders,
Tingling or numbness of the hands or feet, trembling,
Blurred vision, double vision, ringing in the ears, impaired
hearing,
Palpitations,
Change in mood, difficulty sleeping, feeling confused.

Medicines such as diclofenac may be associated with a small
increased risk of heart attack (also called “myocardial
infarction”) or stroke.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor
or pharmacist.
5. How to store Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg
Tablets
• Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
• Do not store above 30°C.
• Do not take the tablets after the expiry date which is stated

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on the carton after EXP (abbreviation used for expiry date).
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.

6. Further information
What Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets contain
• The active substance is diclofenac potassium. Each tablet
contains 25 mg of diclofenac potassium.
• The other ingredients are: magnesium stearate, povidone,
silica colloidal anhydrous, Aerosil 200 (silica aerogel)
Calcium phosphate, Maize starch, Polyvinylpyrrolidone K30,
Sodium carboxymethyl starch, Avicel PH 101 (cellulose), Iron
oxide, red 17266, Polyethylene glycol 8000, Sucrose, cryst,
Talc, Titanium dioxide.
What Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets look
like and contents of the pack
Voltarol Pain-eze Extra Strength 25mg Tablets are small,
pale red sugar-coated tablets available in packs of 9 tablets.
Some people may have unwanted side-effects when taking this
medicine. If you have any side-effects you should seek advice
from your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
In addition, you can help to make sure that medicines remain
as safe as possible by reporting any unwanted side-effects via
the internet at www.yellowcard.gov.uk; alternatively you can
call Freephone 0808 100 3352 (available between 10am-2pm
Monday - Friday) or fill in a paper form available from your
local pharmacy.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Novartis Consumer Health, Horsham, RH12 5AB, UK
This leaflet was last approved on: March 2011

GB 302162

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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