Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel
Voltarol has a formulation designed for effective absorption6,7
After topical application, diclofenac penetrates through the skin and into the tissues beneath.8 It is retained in the muscle and other tissues that are often the source of pain.8,9
When it comes to topical NSAIDs, formulation can be more important than concentration.10 The formulation of Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief Gel means that it possesses the advantages of both gels and creams, favouring effective absorption, ease of application and good tolerability for patients.7,11,12
Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief Gel penetrates through the skin to a depth of up to 1cm, enabling targeted action against pain and inflammation.4,5
Effective relief of pain and reduction of inflammation1–3
In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of patients with acute neck pain, Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief Gel delivered significantly greater reduction in pain-on-movement and pain-at-rest – over three times that of placebo. Additionally, recovery time* was about twice as fast as placebo.1†
*Recovery time was defined as a clinically relevant decrease in pain plus an increase in neck function.†72 patients with acute neck pain received 2 g Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel four times daily or placebo for 5 days.
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The lowest number-needed-to-treat (NNT) for Voltarol Gels vs other topical NSAIDs in acute musculoskeletal pain3,13
A Cochrane Review comparing topical NSAIDs and placebo showed favourable efficacy for Voltarol Gels*† vs other treatments. Of all topical NSAIDs tested for treatment of acute musculoskeletal pain, Voltarol Gel had the lowest NNT.3,13‡ with pain relief reported as similar to oral NSAIDs.
This means that for every single patient you treat with Voltarol Gels over other topical NSAIDs, you have a better chance of giving them the significant pain relief that helps get them back on their feet and enjoying life again.3
*1% and 2% Voltarol Gel formulations included in the review.†For treatment of strains, sprains or sports or overuse-type injuries.‡vs topical ibuprofen, ketoprofen, benzydamine, piroxicam and indomethacin.
No Mess Applicator on 100g pack: Overcoming barriers to pain relief without the mess
Over a quarter of patients (27%) say that physical contact with the gel* stops them using a topical analgesic.14
The NoMess applicator allows patients to get Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel directly to the point of pain,1,4,5 while keeping hands and fingers clean.
The power of topical pain relief recommendation is in your hands and not on your patients’ hands.
Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel has a reduced systemic side-effect risk15,16
The low systemic absorption of Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief Gel means that it has a reduced risk of systemic side effects vs. oral NSAIDs.8,15,16*
*There is an increased risk of mild dermatological side effects (e.g. skin irritation) with topical diclofenac, but this is non-serious and reversible.
First-line medication use
To improve pain, inflammation and recovery after sprains and strains, guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends using topical NSAIDs or paracetamol as initial analgesics for soft-tissue injuries.16
Patients should also be advised not to apply heat to the injury during the first 72 hours.16
Dan wants effective pain relief and recovery
Dan, 42, has a young family and wants to make sure they are fit and active.
He is keen to use something targeted for his body pain which will also help with inflammation.
Dan gets pain in his calf from time to time when running which has stopped him from exercising in the past. He wants relief from his pain so he can continue to be active with his young family.
Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel helps restore movement by relieving pain and reducing inflammation. Recommend Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel to help Dan get back on with his life.
How can Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel with No Mess Applicator help Peter?
Peter wants effective pain relief and recovery
Peter is a senior manager in a large multi-national company with a demanding commute. By the time he has driven 2 hours in each direction, he is usually experiencing pain in his lower back.
On days when his pain is troublesome he needs pain relief that will allow him to get comfortable, so his evening is not disrupted.
Peter has been seeing a physiotherapist regularly since his youth and prefers using topical treatments. He has recently moved on to using the one with the applicator – which he has found useful not only for keeping his hands clean during application but also helps him to apply in the exact place to obtain the relief he needs.
With Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel with No Mess Applicator the power of topical pain relief recommendation is in your hands, and not on your patients’ hands.
Recommend Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel to your patients to relieve muscle pain and inflammation
Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel
For patients looking for back and muscle pain relief, using a topical formulation.
Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel, Voltarol Max Strength Pain Relief 2.32% Gel, Voltarol Joint & Back Pain Relief 2.32% Gel, Voltarol Osteoarthritis Joint Pain Relief 1.16% Gel (diclofenac diethylammonium), Voltarol 140 mg Medicated Plaster (diclofenac sodium). Indications Gels: Local symptomatic relief of pain and inflammation in trauma of the tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints e.g. due to sprains, strains and bruises, and localised forms of soft tissue rheumatism. Osteoarthritis and Max Strength Gel only: Relief of pain of non-serious arthritic conditions. Plaster: Local symptomatic, short term treatment of pain in acute strains, sprains or bruises of the extremities following blunt trauma. Dosage and method of use Gels: Adults and children aged 14 years and over. Gently rub 2-4 g into skin of affected site. Gels & Plaster: If symptoms worsen or do not improve within 7 days, seek medical advice. Back & Muscle Gel: Apply 3-4 times daily for up to 7 days. Leave at least 4 hours between applications. No more than 4 applications in 24 hours. Maximum daily dose 16 g. Max Strength Pain Relief: Apply 2 times daily (morning and evening) for up to 14 days. Maximum daily dose 8 g. Not for use for longer than 14 days unless recommended by doctor. Joint & Back Pain Relief: Apply 2 times daily (morning and evening) for up to 7 days. Maximum daily dose 8 g. Not for use for longer than 7 days unless recommended by doctor. Osteoarthritis Gel: Apply 3-4 times daily for up to 14 days. Maximum daily dose 16 g. Not for use for longer than 14 days unless recommended by doctor. Consult doctor if more than two major joints affected. Plaster: Adults and adolescents aged 16 years and over: Apply 1 plaster to the painful area twice daily (morning and evening), for up to 7 days. Max dose 2 plasters/day. Treat one painful area at a time. Remove prior to bathing/showering. Use for shortest duration necessary to control symptoms. Contraindications Patients whose asthma, angioedema, urticaria or acute rhinitis are precipitated by aspirin or other NSAIDs. Hypersensitivity to diclofenac, aspirin, other NSAIDs or excipients. Third trimester of pregnancy. Gels: Children under 14 years. Plaster: Children under 16 years. Patients with active peptic ulcer, angioedema, damaged skin. Precautions Gels: Do not use on large areas of skin and over a prolonged period. Do not smoke and avoid naked flames. Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight to avoid photosensitivity. Gels/Plaster: Apply only to intact, non-diseased skin. Do not use with occlusion. Avoid ingestion or contact with eyes or mucous membranes. Caution in patients with previous or active peptic ulceration; suffering from/previous history of asthma or allergic disease. Discontinue use if skin rash develops. Caution with concomitant use of other diclofenac products or systemic NSAIDs. Plaster: Avoid exposure to ultraviolet light after removing the plaster. Use with caution in elderly patients and in patients with impaired renal, cardiac or hepatic function, bowel disease or haemorrhagic diathesis. Side effects See SPCs for full details. Rash, erythema, pruritus, dermatitis, eczema. Hypersensitivity (including urticaria), angioedema. Asthma. Photosensitivity reactions. Gels: Desquamation, skin discolouration. Plaster: application site reactions, dry skin, anaphylactic type reaction. Product licence number, legal category, pack size and RSP (excl. VAT) Back & Muscle Gel: PL 44673/0156 (GSL) 30 g £5.41, 50 g £7.49, 100 g £12.08. Max Strength Pain Gel: PL 44673/0154 (P), 30 g £7.08, 50 g £9.99, 100 g £15.58. Joint & Back Pain Gel:PL 44673/0160 (GSL), 30 g £7.08, 50 g £9.99. Osteoarthritis Gel: PL 44673/0155 (P), 30 g £5.41, 50 g £7.49, 100 g £12.08. Plaster: PL 15545/0012 (GSL), 5s £16.66. PL holder Gels: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (UK) Trading Limited, 980 Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9GS, U.K. Plaster: GlaxoSmithKline Dungarvan Limited, Knockbrack, Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland. Date of preparation: March 2023.
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