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in your body that normally cause inflammation and
reduces pain.

Oruvail® 2.5% Gel

What Oruvail Gel is used for
It is used to treat the swelling, pain, heat, redness and
stiffness in your joints and muscles in the following:
• Arthritis (inflammation of the joints)
• Pain from injuries such as sports injuries, sprains and


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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
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 Oruvail Gel is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Oruvail Gel
3. How to use Oruvail Gel
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Oruvail Gel
6. Further information

1. What Oruvail Gel is and what
it is used for
What Oruvail Gel is and how it works
The name of your medicine is Oruvail 2.5% Gel (called
Oruvail Gel in this leaflet). Oruvail Gel contains a
medicine called ketoprofen. This belongs to a group
of medicines called ‘Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory
Drugs’ (NSAID’s). It works by blocking some chemicals

2. Before you use Oruvail Gel
Do not use this medicine and tell your doctor
You are allergic (hypersensitive) to:
–– ketoprofen, tiaprofenic acid, fenofibrate, UV
blockers or perfumes
–– aspirin
–– any other Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
(NSAID) such as ibuprofen or indometacin
–– any of the other ingredients of Oruvail Gel (listed
in Section 6 below)
Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash,
swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your
lips, face, throat or tongue
You have or have ever had asthma or other allergies
You have or ever had eczema (scaly and itching rashes)
You have sore, broken or infected skin
You are in the last 3 months of pregnancy (see

‘Pregnancy and breast-feeding’ below)
You are applying the gel on sensitive skin such as;
interior of the nose, anal or genital areas and eyes or
under an airtight dressing.
Stop using Oruvail Gel immediately if you experience
any skin reaction including skin reactions after coapplication of octocrylene-containing products
(Octocrylene is one of the excipients of several cosmetic
and hygiene products such as shampoo, after-shave,
shower- and bath-gels, skin creams, lipsticks, anitageing creams, make-up removers and hair sprays in
order to delay photodegradation).
Do not use this medicine if any of the above apply to
you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before using Oruvail Gel.

Protect your skin from sunlight even
on a bright but cloudy day. Do not use
sunbeds. This applies during treatment
and for 2 weeks after stopping

Take special care with Oruvail Gel
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using
your medicine if:
▲▲You have heart, liver or kidney problems
▲▲Following exposure to sunlight (even hazy) or to UV
light, areas treated with Oruvail Gel can cause serious
skin reactions (photosensitisation). Therefore it is
necessary to:
–– protect treated areas by wearing clothing during
the treatment and for two weeks after stopping
treatment to avoid any risk of photosensitisation.
–– wash hands thoroughly after each application of
Oruvail Gel.
Treatment should be discontinued immediately upon
development of any skin reaction after application of
Oruvail Gel.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk
to your doctor or pharmacist before using Oruvail Gel.

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or
have recently taken any other medicines. This includes
medicines you buy without a prescription, including
herbal medicines. This is because Oruvail Gel can
affect the way some other medicines work. Also some
medicines can affect the way Oruvail Gel works.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of
the following:
• Methotrexate - used for some types of cancer or
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you
are less than or up to 6 months pregnant, might become
pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.
Do not use this medicine if you are in
the last 3 months of pregnancy.


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You should not breast-feed if you are using Oruvail Gel.
This is because small amounts may pass into mothers’
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking
any medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

3. How to use Oruvail Gel
Always use Oruvail Gel exactly as your doctor has told
you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist
if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
• This medicine is applied on the skin
• It must not be put on sensitive skin such as the
mouth, genitals, back passage or eyes
• Do not cover the gel with a dressing
• Do not mix this gel with anything else
• Avoid direct sunlight, ultraviolet rays and sunbeds
• Protect the treated region with clothing when
outdoors, even in the absence of direct sun
• Careful and prolonged hand washing should be
carried out after each use of the gel
How much to use
Adults and the elderly
• Apply to the painful area two to four times a day
for up to 7 days as directed. Do not use for longer
than directed as this can increase your chances of
getting side effects such as skin reactions to light
(photosensitivity) or inflammation of the skin
• The usual dose is 15 grams a day (approximately
28 centimetres) of the gel onto the painful area.
Oruvail Gel is not recommended for use in children.
How to use this medicine
• Wash your hands before you apply the medicine
• Remove the cap from the tube
• Squeeze out the required amount onto your palm
• Rub gently into the painful area
• Wash your hands again
• Replace the cap on the tube
• Do not cover the area. Allow it to dry
If you use more Oruvail Gel than you should
If you use more gel than you should it is unlikely to
cause a problem. If you or someone else accidentally
swallows Oruvail Gel, tell a doctor or go to a hospital
casualty department straight away. Take the medicine

pack with you. This is so the doctor knows what you
have taken.
If you forget to use Oruvail Gel
If you forget a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
However, if it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the
missed dose. Do not use a double dose to make up for
a forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of
this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Oruvail Gel can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking your medicine and see your doctor or go
to a hospital straight away if:
• You have an allergic reaction following application
of the product. The signs may include: a rash,
swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your
lips, face, throat or tongue (frequency not known)
The following rare side effects (affecting less than 1 in
1000 patients) have been reported:
• severe skin reactions during exposure to sunlight
such as blistering or eczema of the eyes which may
spread or become generalized.
Not known: Frequency cannot be estimated from the
available data
• a serious allergic reaction such as skin rash, swelling
of the face, wheezing or difficulty breathing
(anaphylactic shock)
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the
following side effects. Also tell them if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet.
Uncommon side effects (affecting less than 1 in 100
patients) have been reported:
• Local skin reactions such as redness, eczema, itching
or burning sensation.
Rare side effects (affecting less than 1 in 1000) have been
• Skin reaction to light or sunlamps (photosensitivity)
• Skin rashes, blisters, red lumps or eczema
Very rare side effects (affecting less than 1 in 10,000
patients) have been reported:
• Worsening of existing kidney problems

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist
or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects
directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Oruvail Gel
Keep this medicine in a safe place where children
cannot see or reach it.
Do not use Oruvail Gel after the expiry date which is
stated on the carton and the tube after EXP. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.
Store below 25°C. Keep the gel away from naked flames.
Do not incinerate.
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 Oruvail 2.5% Gel contains
• The gel contains 2.5% w/w of the active substance,
• The other ingredients are carbopol, triethanolamine,
lavender oil, ethanol and purified water
What Oruvail Gel looks like and contents of the pack
Oruvail 2.5% Gel is a colourless transparent gel with a
scent of lavender. It is supplied in tubes of 30, 50, 60,
100 or 150g. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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Tel: 0845 372 7101
Sanofi Winthrop Industrie, 196, rue du Maréchal Juin,
45200 Amilly, France
This leaflet was last revised in 03/2017
© Sanofi, 1992 - 2017

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