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Voltaren Emulgel

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diclofenac topical gel


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02290375 VOLTAREN EMULGEL 1.16% TOPICAL GEL
02338580 VOLTAREN EMULGEL - JOINT PAIN 1.16% TOPICAL GEL

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Diclofenac belongs to the class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation. Diclofenac topical gel (applied to the skin) is used to relieve pain associated with recent muscle or joint injuries such as sprains, strains, or sports injuries. It is generally used in addition to other non-medication measures (such as getting enough rest) to relieve these discomforts.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

Diclofenac topical gel is applied over the affected area 3 or 4 times a day and gently rubbed into the skin. The amount needed will depend on the size of the area being treated. Usually, a strip of about 2 cm long will be enough to cover a 200 cm² area.

After applying the gel, wash your hands, unless the area being treated is part of the hand.

Do not apply this medication to infected, abraded, or open skin. Do not apply to skin rashes or eczema. Do not use dressings that do not breathe on top of this medication. This medication is for external use only and should not be taken by mouth.

Avoid getting this medication into the eyes or other mucous membranes (e.g., nose, mouth, vagina, anus). If you accidentally get this medication in your eyes, rinse your eyes well with clean water and contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Diclofenac topical gel should not be used for longer than 7 days for muscle or joint injuries unless recommended by your doctor. If the condition does not improve within 7 days, or if it gets worse, contact your doctor.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

Voltaren® Emulgel

Each tube of white to practically white, soft, homogenous, cream-like oil-in-water topical emulsion contains diclofenac diethylamine 1.16% w/w. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer, cocoyl caprylocaprate, diethylamine, isopropyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, macrogol cetostearyl ether, perfume, propylene glycol, and purified water.

Voltaren® Emulgel - Joint Pain

Each tube of white to practically white, soft, homogenous, cream-like oil-in-water topical emulsion contains diclofenac diethylamine 1.16% w/w. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer, cocoyl caprylocaprate, diethylamine, isopropyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, macrogol cetostearyl ether, perfume, propylene glycol, and purified water.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Diclofenac topical gel should not be used by anyone who:

  • is allergic to diclofenac or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • is allergic to acetylsalicylic acid or other NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, ketorolac)
  • is taking other NSAID
  • is using or taking other products containing diclofenac
  • experiences asthma attacks, itchiness, or runny nose after taking acetylsalicylic acid or other NSAIDs


 

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