Voltaren Emulgel

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Voltaren Emulgel − relieves pain, reduces inflammation and speeds up recovery1–3

Provides targeted muscle pain relief.1,4,5

Contains diclofenac, a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Voltaren 1.16% Emulgel video

A formulation designed for fast 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 Emulgel formulation possesses the advantages of both gels and emulsions, favouring rapid absorption, ease of application and good acceptability to patients.7,11,12

Voltaren Emulgel penetrates through the skin to a depth of up to 1 cm, enabling targeted action against pain and inflammation.4,5

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Graph showing pain relief with Voltaren Emulgel versus placebo

Effective relief of pain and reduction of inflammation1–3

In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of patients with acute neck pain, Voltaren Emulgel 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 Voltaren (1.16%) Emulgel four times daily or placebo for 5 days.

NNT data for Voltaren Emulgel versus other NSAIDs

The lowest number-needed-to-treat (NNT) vs other topical NSAIDs in acute musculoskeletal pain3,13

A Cochrane Review comparing topical NSAIDs and placebo showed- favourable efficacy for Voltaren Emulgel* vs other treatments. Of all topical NSAIDs tested for treatment of acute musculoskeletal pain, Voltaren Emulgel 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 Voltaren Emulgel 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% Voltaren Emulgel formulations included in the review.For treatment of strains, sprains or sports or overuse-type injuries.vs topical ibuprofen, ketoprofen, benzydamine, piroxicam and indomethacin.

Very low systemic absorption

Applying Voltaren Emulgel on Knee

Voltaren Emulgel has a reduced systemic side-effect risk vs oral NSAIDs14,15

The low systemic absorption of Voltaren Emulgel means that it has a reduced risk of systemic side effects.8,14,15*

*There is an increased risk of mild dermatological side effects (e.g. skin irritation) with topical diclofenac, but this is non-serious and reversible.

Supported by guidance from NICE

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

What can Voltaren Emulgel do for Ben?

Man playing with son on his back

Ben wants effective pain relief and fast recovery

Ben balances the demands of his full-time job with taking care of two young children.

He enjoys going to the gym or exercising outdoors and loves nothing more than playing with his children.

The last thing he needs is pain from a sprain or strain affecting his life.

Voltaren Emulgel speeds recovery by relieving pain and reducing inflammation,1 so Ben can get back on with his life.

Recommend Voltaren Emulgel to your patients for reduction of muscle pain and inflammation

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Voltaren Emulgel

For patients who are looking for relief of localized traumatic inflammation and pain, using a topical formulation.

Voltaren Emulgel product details

  • 1 g of Voltaren Triple Effect 1.16% Emulgel contains 11.6 mg of diclofenac diethylamine, which corresponds to 10 mg of diclofenac sodium.

    Also contains excipients (carbomer, macrogol cetostearyl ether, cocoyl caprylocaprate, diethylamine, isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, liquid paraffin, perfume cream 45 (containing benzyl benzoate) purified water).

  • The duration of treatment depends on the indication and the response obtained. It is recommended that treatment be reviewed after 2 weeks.

    Adults and adolescents aged 12 and over Voltaren Emulgel should be applied over the affected area three or four times daily and rubbed gently into the skin. The amount needed depends on the size of the painful area: 2 g to 4 g (cherry to walnut sized) is sufficient to treat an area of about 400–800 cm. After application, the hands should be washed, unless they are the site being treated.

  • The likelihood of systemic side effects with topical diclofenac is less than that seen in patients using oral diclofenac. However, when Voltaren Emulgel is applied to relatively large areas of the skin, the possibility of systemic side effects cannot be excluded.

    Voltaren Emulgel contains propylene glycol, which may cause mild, localised skin irritation in some people.

    Voltaren Emulgel should be applied only to intact skin surfaces, and not to skin wounds or open injuries. It should not be allowed to come into contact with the eyes or mucous membranes.

    Not to be taken by mouth.

    Voltaren Emulgel should be used with caution in asthmatic patients in whom attacks of asthma, urticaria, or acute rhinitis are precipitated by acetylsalicylic acid or by other medicines with prostaglandin-synthetase inhibiting activity.


    • Known hypersensitivity to diclofenac, acetylsalicylic acid and other non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as to isopropanol or propylene glycol.
    • Patients with porphyria
    • During the last trimester of pregnancy
  • The following convention has been utilised for the classification of undesirable effects: very common (≥ 1/10) common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10); uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100); rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000); very rare (< 1/10,000):

    Body system Adverse Reaction Frequency
    Infection and infestation Rash pustular Very rare
    Immune system disorders Angioedema,hypersensitivity(including urticaria) Very rare
    Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders Asthma Very rare
    Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders Dermatitis bullous Frequent
    bullous dermatitis Rare
    Photosensitivity reaction Common

    For full prescribing information refer to the professional information approved by medicines regulatory authority.

Voltaren Emulgel − relieves pain, reduces inflammation and speeds recovery 1–3

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