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VOLTAROL 50MG DISPERSIBLE TABLETS

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VOLTAROL® DISPERSIBLE TABLETS 50mg
(diclofenac sodium)

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
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The name of your medicine is Voltarol dispersible tablets 50mg. Throughout the remainder of
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this leaflet your medicine will be referred to as Voltarol Dispersible Tablets.

What you need to know about Voltarol® Dispersible Tablets

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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.

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:

Pregnancy
Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Although not common,
abnormalities have been reported in babies whose mothers have taken NSAIDs
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during pregnancy. You should not take Voltarol Dispersible Tablets during the last 3
months of pregnancy as it may affect the baby's circulation.
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Are you trying for a baby? Taking Voltarol Dispersible 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?
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Very occasionally people have reported that Voltarol Dispersible 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

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1. What Voltarol Dispersible Tablets are, and what they are used for
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2. Things to consider before you start to take Voltarol Dispersible Tablets
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3. How to take Voltarol Dispersible Tablets
4. Possible side effects
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5. How to store Voltarol Dispersible Tablets
6. Further information




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1. What Voltarol Dispersible Tablets are, and what they
are used for



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Diclofenac sodium, the active ingredient in Voltarol Dispersible Tablets, is one of a group of
medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs reduce pain and
inflammation.



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Voltarol Dispersible Tablets act quickly and so are used to treat short term painful conditions
affecting the joints and muscles. They are especially useful for the treatment of sprains, strains
and back pain. They should not be taken for more than three months.

2. Things to consider before you start to take Voltarol
Dispersible Tablets

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Some people MUST NOT take Voltarol® Dispersible Tablets. Talk to your
doctor if:











you think you may be allergic to diclofenac sodium, aspirin, ibuprofen or any other
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NSAID, or to any of the other ingredients of Voltarol Dispersible 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
if you have established heart disease and/or cerebrovascular disease e.g. if you have
had a heart attack, stroke, mini-stroke (TIA) or blockages to blood vessels to the heart
or brain or an operation to clear or bypass blockages
if you have or have had problems with your blood circulation (peripheral arterial
disease)
you are more than six months pregnant.

You should also ask yourself these questions before taking Voltarol®
Dispersible 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 check-ups while you are taking these tablets.
Have you ever had asthma?
Are you breast-feeding?
Do you have angina, blood clots, high blood pressure, raised cholesterol or raised
triglycerides
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 you a smoker)?
Do you have diabetes
Do you smoke
Do you have Lupus (SLE) or any similar condition?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, discuss your treatment with your doctor
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or pharmacist because Voltarol Dispersible 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 and 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

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You should take the lowest dose of Voltarol Dispersible Tablets 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
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medicine like Voltarol Dispersible Tablets. The risk is higher if you are taking high
doses for a long time. Always follow you 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.
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Because it is an anti-inflammatory medicine, Voltarol Dispersible Tablets 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
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Voltarol Dispersible Tablets.
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Voltarol Dispersible Tablets are not suitable for children.





3. How to take Voltarol® Dispersible Tablets
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The doctor will tell you how many Voltarol Dispersible 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 before or with food.
Drop the tablets into a glass of water, and stir. Drink the liquid at once. To make sure you get
all of the medicine, rinse the glass round with a small amount of water and drink this as well.
The usual doses are:
Adults: one tablet two or three times a day.
Elderly: Your doctor advise you to take a dose that is lower than the usual adult dose if you are
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elderly. Your doctor may also want to check closely that Voltarol dispersible tablets are not
affecting your stomach.
These tablets are not suitable for children.
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 it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for your next
dose, though, just take the next dose and forget the one you missed. Do not double up on the
next dose to make up for the one you missed. Do not take more than 150mg (three 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.

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4. Possible side effects

Voltarol Dispersible Tablets are suitable for most people, but, like all medicines, they can
sometimes cause side effects. Side effects may be minimised by using the lowest effective
dose for the shortest duration necessary.
Some side effects can be serious
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Stop taking Voltarol Dispersible 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 effect between 1 and 10 in every 100 patients):
• Stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, indigestion, wind, loss of appetite
• Headache, dizziness, vertigo

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Voltarol Dispersible tablets 50mg - PL 10256/0941

• 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), stroke.
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.
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Do not be alarmed by this list - most people take Voltarol Dispersible 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.

Reporting 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 via the Yellow Card
Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Voltarol® Dispersible Tablets
KEEP OUT OF SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
Store in a dry place below 30°C. Keep tablets in the original packaging.
If your tablets become discoloured or show any signs of deterioration, you should consult your
doctor or pharmacist who will advise you what to do.
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Do not take Voltarol Dispersible 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.

6. Further Information
Active Ingredient:
Each dispersible tablet contains 46.5mg of diclofenac free acid. This is equivalent to 50mg
diclofenac sodium.

Inactive Ingredient:
Sodium starch glycollate, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, hydrogenated
castor oil, talc and colloidal anhydrous silica.
This product does not contain any flavouring agents but this does not affect the efficacy
or safety of the product.

Presentation and Pack Size:
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Voltarol Dispersible Tablets are white, triangular tablets marked ‘CG’ on one side and a large
‘V’ raised on the reverse.
They are available in packs of 50 tablets as 5 blister strips of 10 tablets, packs of 20 tablets as
2 blister strips of 10 tablets and packs of 30 as 3 blister strips of 10 tablets.
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Voltarol Dispersible Tablets are manufactured by Novartis Pharma AG, 90327 Nurnberg,
Germany and procured within the E.U. and repackaged by the Product Licence holder Stephar
(UK) Limited, 3 Waveney Park, Hewett Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 0NN.
VOLTAROL is a registered trademark of Novartis AG.

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© STEPHAR (UK) LTD
Print Date: 04/06/2014

VOL.DIS/G 30.05.2014-H

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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