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Voltarol® Ophtha 0.1% Eye Drops
(diclofenac sodium)
This medicine is known as Voltarol Ophtha 0.1% Eye Drops but will be
referred to as Voltarol Ophtha throughout the leaflet.
Your doctor has decided that you need these eye drops to help treat
your condition.

You should also ask yourself these questions before you have
Voltarol Ophtha:
 Do you have an eye infection?
 Are you using any other eye drops?
 Do you have any bleeding disorders?
 Are you pregnant or breast feeding?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, tell your doctor or
pharmacist because Voltarol Ophtha might not be the right medicine for

If you have any other questions, or if there is something you don’t
understand, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Are you taking other medicines?
Voltarol Ophtha may interfere with other drugs you might be taking or
Tell your Doctor if you are taking or using:
 Medicines to prevent your blood clotting.
 Eye drops or ointment containing steroids such as hydrocortisone or

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.

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.

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.

Will there be any problems with driving or using machinery?
Some people may have problems with their eyes such as blurred vision,
while they are being treated with Voltarol Ophtha. If you are affected,
you should not drive or use machinery.

Please read this leaflet carefully before you start to use the eye
drops. It contains important information. Keep the leaflet in a safe
place because you may want to read it again.

The eye drops will be referred to as Voltarol Ophtha in this leaflet.
In this leaflet:
1. What Voltarol Ophtha are and what they are used for
2. Things to consider before you start to use Voltarol Ophtha
3. How to use Voltarol Ophtha
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Voltarol Ophtha
6. Further information
1. What Voltarol Ophtha are and what they are used for
Voltarol Ophtha contain 0.1% of the active ingredient diclofenac sodium.
Diclofenac sodium is one of a group of medicines called non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs reduce pain and
Voltarol Ophtha are used
 before eye surgery, to help keep the pupil open during surgery, or
 after eye surgery or injury, to control pain and/or inflammation,
 to reduce the symptoms, such as red, runny or itchy eyes associated
with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (hayfever).
2. Things to consider before you have Voltarol Ophtha
Some people MUST NOT have Voltarol Ophtha. Talk to your doctor
 you think you may be allergic to diclofenac sodium, aspirin or any
other NSAIDs, or to any of the other ingredients of the eye drops.
(These are listed at the end of the leaflet.)
 You are more than 6 months pregnant.

Other special warnings
 The eye drops contain polyoxyl 35 castor oil which can sometimes
cause skin reactions.
 If you are using more than one sort of eye drops leave five minutes
between applications.
3. How Voltarol Ophtha is used
When Voltarol Ophtha is being used during eye surgery the doctor will
work out the correct dose.
If you have been prescribed the drops to use at home the doctor will tell
you how and when to use them. Always follow the doctor’s instructions

What if you use too much?
If you use too much or if you accidentally swallow the eye drops, see
your doctor at once or go to your nearest hospital casualty department.
Take your medicine with you.
4. Possible side effects
Voltarol Ophtha are suitable for most people, but, like all medicines, they
can sometimes cause side effects.
Stop using Voltarol Ophtha and tell your doctor straight away if you
 Allergic reactions in your eyes such as red, itching and swollen eyes
and eyelids.
 Other general allergic reaction symptoms such as rash, redness,
itching, cough and runny or stuffy nose.
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
 Eye pain.
The following side effects have also been reported:
 A mild or moderate burning sensation and/or redness in the eyes.
 Blurred vision immediately after using the eye drops.
 Breathlessness and wheezing or other symptoms of asthma.
 Unusual sensitivity to light.
 Damage to cells on the surface of the cornea (the membrane covering
the front of the eye), corneal thinning or ulcers that might result in loss
of sight.
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. Website:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Voltarol Ophtha
Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25°C.

The usual dose is 1 drop in the affected eye 4 times a day.
How often you use the drops, and how long you use them for, will be
different depending on your condition.

The drops are sterile until the tab is removed.

The dose will be on the pharmacist’s label. Check the label carefully. If
you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not use the drops after the expiry date which is printed on the outside
of the pack.

Instructions for using the eye drops are given at the end of this leaflet.

If your doctor tells you to stop using Voltarol Ophtha, please take any left
back to your pharmacist to be destroyed. Only keep the drops if the
doctor tells you to. Do not throw them away with your normal household
water or waste. This will help to protect the environment.

These drops should not be used in children under 18 years old.
What if you forget to use the drops?
If you miss a dose continue with the next dose as normal. Do not double
the dose to make up for the one you missed.

Do not use more than 28 days after opening the blister pack.

6. Further information
Voltarol Ophtha contain 0.1% (1 mg/ml) of the active ingredient,
diclofenac sodium.
They also contain the inactive ingredients boric acid, polyoxyl 35 castor
oil, trometamol and water for injections.
Voltarol Ophtha are single dose unit vials containing 0.3 ml of a clear,
colourless and odourless solution sufficient for one eye. They come in
packs of 5, 10 and 40.
Product Licence Holder and Manufacturer
Manufactured by Novartis Norge AS, Brynsalleen 4, Oslo, N-0667
Norway. Procured from within the EU by the Parallel Import Product
Licence holder Tenolol Ltd, 5 Sandridge Close, Harrow, Middlesex
HA1 1XD. Repackaged by Servipharm Ltd.

PL 30900/2070

How to use Voltarol Ophtha single dose units
 Wash your hands before applying your drops.
 Open blister pack and remove the strip of single dose units.
 Tear off one single dose unit from the strip (SEE FIGURE 1). Hold it by
the small tab with the nozzle pointing downwards and tap the single
dose unit gently until all the air bubbles are above the solution.
 Twist the tab off the single dose unit (SEE FIGURE 2).
 Make sure that the tip of the single dose unit does not touch anything.
 Hold the single dose unit in one hand between the thumb and
 With your head tilted back (SEE FIGURE 3) use the forefinger of your
other hand to pull down the lower lid of your eye.
 Place the single dose unit tip close to your eye, but without touching
the eye or lid, and gently squeeze the single dose unit to allow one
drop to be applied (SEE FIGURE 4).
 Close your eyelid and gently press the inner corner of your eye with
your forefinger for three minutes (SEE FIGURE 5).
 Discard the single dose unit and remaining solution and wash your
Follow these instructions carefully. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if
there is anything you do not understand.

Date of revision of leaflet: 07.08.15[3]
Voltarol is a registered trademark of Novartis AG.

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