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Voltarol® Emulgel®
Voltaren® Emulgel®
Diclofenac diethylammonium 1.16% w/w gel
(diclofenac diethylammonium)
Your medicine is known by one of the above names, but will be referred to
as Voltarol Emulgel throughout this leaflet.

Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important
information for you.
• 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 Voltarol Emulgel is and what it is used for
2) Before you use Voltarol Emulgel
3) How to use Voltarol Emulgel
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Voltarol Emulgel
6) Further information

1) What Voltarol Emulgel is and what it is used for
Voltarol Emulgel contains the active substance diclofenac which belongs to
a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs). It is specially formulated for rubbing into the skin and used to
relieve pain and reduce inflammation and swelling in painful conditions
affecting the joints and muscles.
Voltarol Emulgel can be used to treat:
• muscle and joint injuries (e.g. sprains, strains, bruises, backache, sports
• tendonitis (e.g. tennis elbow)
• osteoarthritis.

2) Before you use Voltarol Emulgel
DO NOT use Voltarol Emulgel if you:
• are in the last 3 months of your pregnancy (see also pregnancy and
lactation section)
• have an allergy (hypersensitivity) to any of the ingredients in the product
(see Section 6 ‘What Voltarol Emulgel contains’).
• have ever had an allergic reaction to diclofenac or other medicines used
to treat pain, fever or inflammation, such as aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
or ibuprofen. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to these medicines may
include: asthma, wheezing or shortness of breath; skin rash or hives;
swelling of the face or tongue; runny nose.
This medicine is not recommended for use in children under 14 years
of age.
Take special care with Voltarol Emulgel
• Do not apply the gel to skin that has (i) a rash or eczema (ii) cuts or open
wounds. Stop the treatment if a skin rash develops after applying the
• Avoid applying on large areas of skin and over a prolonged period of
time, unless under medical advice.

• Be careful when sunbathing or using sun lamps as your skin may be
more sensitive to sunlight.
• If you have a stomach or duodenal ulcer (or a history of), tell your doctor
or pharmacist before using the gel.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently
taken, any other medicines, including those obtained without a
Do not use Voltarol Emulgel if you are already taking diclofenac tablets or
other NSAID pain/inflammation tablets (e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen).
Pregnancy and Breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.
Voltarol Emulgel must not be used during the last 3 months of pregnancy,
as it could harm your unborn child or cause problems at delivery. Voltarol
Emulgel should only be used under medical advice during the first 6
months of pregnancy and the dose should be kept as low and duration of
treatment as short as possible.
Voltarol Emulgel should only be used under medical advice during breastfeeding as diclofenac passes into breast milk in small amounts. However,
Voltarol Emulgel should not be applied on the breasts of nursing mothers
nor elsewhere on large areas of skin or for a prolonged period of time.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information if you are
pregnant or breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines
Voltarol Emulgel, when used as directed, is not expected to have any
effect on your ability to drive or use machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Voltarol
The gel formulation contains propylene glycol which may cause mild
localised skin irritation in some people.

3) How to use Voltarol Emulgel
• Always use Voltarol Emulgel exactly as your doctor has told you.
• The gel is for external use only. Do not use it in your mouth. Inform your
doctor immediately in case of accidental swallowing.
• Do not put Voltarol Emulgel in your eyes. If this happens, rinse your eyes
well with clean water. See your doctor or pharmacist if any discomfort
1. Take the tube out of the carton. Before first use, pierce the sealing
membrane of the tube with the spiked top of the cap. Do not use if seal is
2. Gently squeeze out a small amount of gel from the tube and apply to the
painful or swollen area 3 to 4 times a day, slowly rubbing into the skin.
The amount needed will vary depending on the size of the painful or
swollen area; an amount ranging in size from a 1 penny to a 2 pence
piece will usually be sufficient. You may notice a slight cooling effect
when you rub the gel in.

3. Do not rub the gel into cuts, open wounds or any other area where the
skin is abnormal. After rubbing the gel into the skin, do not cover with
bandages or sticking plaster.
4. Be careful not to get the gel in your eyes. If this happens, rinse your eyes
with clean water and tell your doctor.
5. Wash your hands after rubbing in Voltarol Emulgel, unless your hands
are the site being treated. Replace the cap.
6. Allow at least four hours between applications of the gel. Do not apply
more than 4 times in any 24 hour period.
This medicine is not recommended for use in children under 14 years
of age.
Do not use Voltarol Emulgel for more than:
• 2 weeks for muscle and joints injuries (e.g. sprains, strains, bruises) or
• If you are using the gel for arthritis, your doctor may wish to review your
treatment regularly.

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 Voltarol Emulgel
• Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use Voltarol Emulgel after the expiry date printed on the carton,
label or tube label.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• If the gel becomes discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration,
you should seek the advice of your pharmacist who will tell you what to
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater of household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.

If symptoms do not improve within this time, or they get worse, consult
your doctor. In children aged 14 years and over, if this product is required
for more than 7 days for pain relief or if the symptoms worsen the
patient/parents of the adolescent is/are advised to consult a doctor.

What Voltarol Emulgel contains:
Each 100g of gel contains the active ingredient, diclofenac
diethylammonium salt corresponding to 1g of diclofenac sodium.

If you use more Voltarol Emulgel than you should
If you or a child accidentally swallows Voltarol Emulgel, contact your doctor
or accident and emergency department immediately.

The gel also contains the following ingredients: diethylamine, carbomer,
macrogol cetostearyl ether, cocyl caprylocaprate, isopropyl alcohol, liquid
paraffin, perfume cream, propylene glycol and purified water.

If you forget to use Voltarol Emulgel
If you miss your application of Voltarol Emulgel at the correct time, apply it
as soon as you remember then carry on as normal. Do not apply a double
quantity to make up for a forgotten application.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your

4) Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Voltarol Emulgel can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Some rare and very rare side effects might be serious
If you experience any of the following signs of allergy, STOP using Voltarol
Emulgel and tell a doctor or pharmacist immediately:
Skin rash with blisters; hives (may affect between 1 and 10 in every 10,000
Wheezing, shortness of breath or feeling of tightness in the chest (asthma)
(may affect less than 1 in every 10,000 people).
Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat (may affect less than 1 in every
10,000 people).
Other side effects which may occur are usually mild, passing and harmless
(if you are concerned, tell a doctor or pharmacist).
Common side effects (may affect between 1 and 10 in every 100 people)
Skin rash, itching, reddening or smarting of the skin
Very rare side effects (may affect less than 1 in every 10,000 people)
The skin may be more sensitive to the sun. Possible signs are sunburn
with itching, swelling and blistering.

6) Further information

What Voltarol Emulgel looks like and contents of the pack
Voltarol Emulgel is available as a white and golden yellow tamper evident
sealed tube with a white plastic screw cap. Each tube contains 100g of
whitish, smooth gel with the odour of isopropyl alcohol.
PL 10383/1390


Who makes and repackages your medicine?
Your medicine is manufactured by Novartis Consumer Health GmbH,
Zielstattstrabe 40, 81379 Munich, Germany. Procured from within the EU
and repackaged by Product Licence Holder: Primecrown Ltd, 4/5 Northolt
Trading Estate, Belvue Road, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 5QS.
Leaflet date: 27.05.2016
Voltarol, Voltaren and Emulgel are all registered Trade Marks of Novartis
AG, Basel, Switzerland.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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