The range of Voltarol products, including gels and plaster contain Diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Diclofenac functions by inhibiting prostaglandins, which are substances in the body responsible for inflammation and pain. By reducing their effects diclofenac aids in easing pain and reducing inflammation.
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Voltaren gels are topical treatments that are applied to the skin over the affected area. They function by accumulating diclofenac on the skin's surface, which then permeates the underlying tissues and targets the inflamed tissues (e.g., around the joint) to alleviate pain, reduce swelling and support the healing process.
There are three types of Voltaren formulations that can be applied to the skin, and each has its unique benefits.
To apply Voltarol Back and Muscle Pain Relief Gel and Voltarol Osteoarthritis Joint Pain Relief Gel, gently rub 2-4g (a circular mass approximately 2.0-2.5cm in diameter) into the skin around the affected site 3-4 times a day, depending on the size of the affected area.
To use Voltarol 12 Hour Joint Pain Relief Gel, gently rub 2-4g (a circular mass approximately 2.0-2.5cm in diameter) into the skin around the affected area twice a day (preferably morning and evening), depending on the size of the affected area. After applying the gel, wash your hands unless the treated site is on your hands.
If there is no improvement in symptoms after seven days or if symptoms worsen within the first seven days, it is recommended to consult a doctor. Do not use for more than 14 days unless advised by a doctor.
Can Voltarol gels be used for long-term pain relief?
Voltarol gels are not intended for long-term use. They should only be used for up to 14 days, unless recommended by a doctor. If your pain persists beyond this time frame, you should consult a doctor to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.
Can Voltarol gels be used by everyone?
Voltarol gels should not be used by everyone. They are not suitable for use by children under 14 years of age. They should also be avoided by people who are allergic to NSAIDs or any of the other ingredients in the product. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have any other medical conditions, you should consult a doctor before using Voltarol gels.