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Active substance(s): DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

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(diclofenac potassium)
Voltarol Rapid Tablets are available in the following strengths:
25mg and 50mg. Voltarol Rapid 25mg Tablets will be referred to
as Voltarol Rapid throughout this leaflet.

What you need to know about Voltarol Rapid

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

In this leaflet:

What Voltarol Rapid is and what it is used for
Things to consider before you start to take Voltarol Rapid
How to take Voltarol Rapid
Possible side effects
How to store Voltarol Rapid
Further information

1. What Voltarol Rapid is and what it is used
Diclofenac potassium, the active ingredient in Voltarol Rapid, is
one of a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs reduce pain and inflammation.
Voltarol Rapid relieves pain, reduces swelling and eases
inflammation in:
Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthrosis, acute gout, low back
pain, ankylosing spondolytis
Conditions affecting the joints and muscles such as sprains
and strains, soft tissue sports injuries, frozen shoulder,
dislocations, and fractures
Conditions affecting the tendons, for example, tendonitis,
tenosynovitis, bursitis.
It is also used to treat pain and inflammation associated with
orthopaedic, dental and other minor surgery.

2. Things to consider before you start to take
Voltarol Rapid
Some people MUST NOT take Voltarol Rapid. Talk to
your doctor if:




you think you may be allergic to diclofenac potassium,
aspirin, ibuprofen or any other NSAID, or to any of the other
ingredients of Voltarol Rapid. (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
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, ministroke (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 Rapid:


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 a smoker)?
Do you have diabetes?
Do you smoke?
Do you have Lupus (SLE) or any similar condition?
Do you have an intolerance to some sugars such as sucrose?
(Voltarol Rapid contains sucrose.)

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, discuss your
treatment with your doctor or pharmacist because Voltarol
Rapid 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
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
Mifepristone (a medicine used to terminate pregnancy)
Cardiac glycosides (for example, digoxin), used to treat
heart problems
Medicines known as SSRIs used to treat depression
Oral steroids (an anti-inflammatory drug)
Medicines used to treat heart conditions or high blood
pressure, for example, beta-blockers or ACE inhibitors
Voriconazole (a medicine used to treat fungal infections)
Phenytoin (a medicine used to treat seizures)
Colestipol/cholestyramine (used to lower cholesterol).
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.


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

Very occasionally people have reported that Voltarol Rapid has
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





75mg to 150mg daily divided into two or three doses. The number
of tablets you take will depend on the strength the doctor has
given you.
For the relief of migraine in adults:
Take 50mg at the first signs of an attack. If the migraine has not
gone after 2 hours, take another 50mg. You can take further
doses at intervals of 4 to 6 hours if necessary, but you must not
take more than 200mg in a day.


Your doctor may advise you to take a dose that is lower than the
usual adult dose if you are elderly. Your doctor may also want to
check closely that the Voltarol Rapid is not affecting your

Children over 14

75mg to 100mg daily divided into two or three doses.
Voltarol Rapid is not recommended for children under 14.
It is not recommended for the treatment of migraine in
children of any age.
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 one as soon as you remember.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, though, just take the next
dose and forget about the one you missed. Do not double up on
the next dose to make up for the one missed. Do not take more
than 150mg (three 50mg tablets or six 25mg 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

4. Possible side effects


The usual doses are:

You should take the lowest dose of Voltarol Rapid for the
shortest possible time, particularly if you are underweight or
There is a small increased risk of heart attack or stroke
when you are taking any medicine like Voltarol Rapid. The
risk is higher if you are taking high doses for a long time.
Always follow the 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
Because it is an anti-inflammatory medicine, Voltarol Rapid
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 Voltarol Rapid.

3. How to take Voltarol Rapid

Voltarol Rapid is suitable for most people, but, like all medicines,
it 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
Stop taking Voltarol Rapid and tell your doctor
straight away if you notice:


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
Common side effects (These may affect between
1 and 1 in 10 in every 100 patients):

Stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea,
indigestion, wind, loss of appetite
Headache, dizziness, vertigo
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):

The doctor will tell you how many Voltarol Rapid 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 with or after food.


Voltarol Rapid is specially formulated to act quickly. Swallow the
tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew them.


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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.


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
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 heartbeat), 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).

Effects on the liver or kidneys:


Your medicine is manufactured by: Novartis Farma S.p.A,
131 via Provinciale Schito, Torre Annunziata, Italy.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by: Doncaster
Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd., Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Product Licence holder: Landmark Pharma Ltd., 7 Regents Drive,
Prudhoe, Northumberland, NE42 6PX.
PL No: 21828/0405


Leaflet issue and revision date (Ref): 20.05.14
VOLTAROL® is a registered trademark of Novartis AG.

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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

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.
Medicines such as diclofenac may be associated with a small
increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Do not be alarmed by this list - most people take Voltarol
Rapid 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

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 Rapid


Protect from moisture.
Do not store above 30°C.
Store in the original package.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not take Voltarol Rapid after the expiry date which is
printed on the outside of the pack.
If your tablets appear discoloured or show any other signs of
deterioration, take them to your pharmacist who will advise
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

6. Further information
What Voltarol Rapid contains

The active ingredient in Voltarol Rapid is diclofenac potassium.
Each tablet contains 25mg diclofenac potassium.
Also contains: magnesium stearate, povidone,
colloidal anhydrous silica, sodium starch glycollate, maize starch,
calcium phosphate, microcrystalline cellulose, macrogol 8000,
red iron oxide (E172), titanium dioxide (E171), talc, sucrose.

What Voltarol Rapid looks like and the contents of
the pack
Voltarol Rapid are pink, round sugar-coated tablets without any
Your medicine is available in blister packs of 30 tablets.

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