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VOLTAROL RAPID TABLETS 50MG

Active substance(s): DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

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• 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.

VOLTAROL®
Rapid Tablets 25 and 50 mg
(diclofenac potassium)

They are also used to treat pain and inflammation associated with
orthopaedic, dental and other minor surgery.

Patient Information Leaflet
What you need to know about Voltarol Rapid Tablets
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:
1. What Voltarol Rapid Tablets are, and what they are used for
2. Things to consider before you start to take Voltarol Rapid Tablets
3. How to take Voltarol Rapid Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Voltarol Rapid Tablets
6. Further information
1. What Voltarol Rapid Tablets are and what they are used for
Diclofenac potassium, the active ingredient in Voltarol Rapid Tablets,
is one of a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti‑inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs reduce pain and inflammation.
Voltarol Rapid Tablets relieve pain, reduce swelling and ease inflammation in:
• Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthrosis, acute gout, low back pain,
ankylosing spondolytis
• Migraine

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2. Things to consider before you start to take Voltarol Rapid Tablets
Some people MUST NOT take Voltarol Rapid Tablets. 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 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
Rapid 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?

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• 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 Tablets contain sucrose.)

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 the answer to any of these questions is YES, discuss your treatment
with your doctor or pharmacist because Voltarol Rapid Tablets might
not be the right medicine for you.

Will there be any problems with driving or using machinery?
Very occasionally people have reported that Voltarol Rapid 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.

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
• 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)

Pregnancy
• 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 Tablets during the last 3 months of pregnancy as it may affect
the baby’s circulation.
• Are you trying for a baby? Taking Voltarol Rapid 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.

Other special warnings
• You should take the lowest dose of Voltarol 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 medicine like Voltarol. 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 symptoms.
• Because it is an anti-inflammatory medicine, Voltarol 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.
3. How to take Voltarol Rapid Tablets
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.
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Take the tablets with or after food.
Voltarol Rapid Tablets are specially formulated
to act quickly. Swallow the tablets whole with a
drink of water. Do not crush or chew them.



The usual doses are:
Adults
75 mg to 150 mg 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 50 mg at the first signs of an attack. If the migraine has not gone after
2 hours, take another 50 mg. You can take further doses at intervals of 4 to 6
hours if necessary, but you must not take more than 200 mg in a day.
Elderly
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 Tablets are not affecting your stomach.
Children over 14
75 mg to 100 mg daily divided into two or three doses.
Voltarol Rapid Tablets are not recommended for children under 14. They
are 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 150 mg (three 50 mg tablets
or six 25 mg 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.
4. Possible side effects
Voltarol Rapid 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.

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Some side effects can be serious
Stop taking Voltarol Rapid 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 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):
• 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.

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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).

Do not be alarmed by this list - most people take Voltarol Rapid
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.
5. How to store Voltarol Rapid Tablets
Store in a dry place, below 30°C. Keep the tablets in their original pack.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not take Voltarol Rapid 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.

Effects on the liver or kidneys:
Kidney or severe liver disorders including liver failure, presence of blood
or protein in the urine.

6. Further information
The sugar-coated tablets come in two strengths containing either
25 mg or 50 mg of the active ingredient, diclofenac potassium.
The tablets also contain the inactive ingredients silica, calcium
phosphate, magnesium stearate, maize starch, sodium starch glycollate,
povidone, microcrystalline cellulose, red iron oxide (E172), macrogol,
sucrose, talc and titanium dioxide (E171).
The tablets come in blister packs containing 2, 3, 28 or 30 tablets.
Some of the pack sizes may not be marketed.

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.

The Product licence holder is Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited
trading as Geigy Pharmaceuticals, Frimley Business Park, Frimley,
Camberley, Surrey GU16 7SR, England.
Voltarol Rapid Tablets are manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd,
Frimley Business Park, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey GU16 7SR United Kingdom.

Other side effects that have also been reported include:
Inflammation of the pancreas, impotence, facial swelling, inflammation
of the lining of the brain (menigitis), stroke, throat disorders, confusion,
hallucinations, malaise (general feeling of discomfort), inflammation of
the nerves in the eye.

This leaflet was revised in September 2013
If you would like any more information, or would like the leaflet in
a different format, please contact Medical Information at Novartis
Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd, telephone number 01276 698370.
VOLTAROL is a registered trade mark
Copyright Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited

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).

Medicines such as diclofenac may be associated with a small increased
risk of heart attack or stroke.

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