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Voltaren Emulgel is a gel for rubbing into the skin and contains a substance called diclofenac. Diclofenac is one of a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics (NSAID). Voltaren Emulgel is used to relieve pain and reduce swelling in a number of conditions affecting the joints and muscles. Voltaren Emulgel works particularly well on inflammation of tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints due to trauma (e.g. sports injuries, sprains, strains and bruises), soft tissue rheumatism and localized rheumatic conditions, e.g. bursitis. For aches and pains, back, neck and shoulder pain. Voltaren.
Gently rub a small amount of Voltaren Emulgel into the skin around the swollen or painful area. The amount of Voltaren Emulgel gel needed per application will vary depending upon the size of the painful or swollen area being treated. You can apply Voltaren Emulgel 2 or 3 time a day unless your doctor advises other wise. You may notice a slight cooling effect when you rub the gel into the skin.
Voltaren Emulgel is for exterior application only and NOT to be taken orally. Do NOT apply Voltaren Emulgel to cuts or open wounds or any other area where the skin is abnormal. After applying the gel do NOT cover with bandages or sticking plaster. Do NOT get Voltaren Emulgel into your eyes. If this happens wash your eyes out with clean water and seek immediate medical advice. If your symptoms do NOT improve within 2 weeks or they get worse seek immediate medical advice. Wash your hands directly after application (unless this is the intended site to be treated).
Topical NSAIDs can cause itching, eczema or rashes. Stop using the products immediately if you experience any of these side effects. Although less likely to occur, internal side effects from topical NSAIDs are similar to those of oral ones. They can include stomach upsets, headaches and dizziness, and even internal bleeding, asthma and kidney problems.
Avoid topical NSAIDs or use them sparingly if you’ve ever suffered from stomach ulcers (or similar gastrointestinal problems), kidney failure or asthma.