What is Motusol?
Motusol is a topical pain relief gel containing the active ingredient diclofenac, a type of medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This gel is designed to relieve mild to moderate pain caused by acute sprains, strains and contusions (bruises) following blunt trauma.
How to use Motusol
Always use Motusol exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as your doctor / Chemist4U pharmacist has told you. Motusol should be used 3-4 times a day. Depending on the size of the affected area, use a cherry to walnut-sized amount (1-4 g of gel). The maximum daily dose is 16 g of gel. Apply the gel to the affected area thinly and rub gently into the skin. Unless the hands are being treated, wash your hands after rubbing in the gel. Motusol should not be used longer than 1 week without medical advice. Speak to your doctor if symptoms do not improve after 3-5 days.
How does diclofenac relieve pain?
Diclofenac is a type of medicine known as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). These work by reducing the hormones that cause pain and inflammation. Diclofenac gel works in the same way as a tablet or capsule, but only on the area you’ve applied it.
Is Motusol suitable for children?
Motusol is only suitable for adults and children over the age of 14. Do not use Motusol on children under the age of 14 - ask your child’s doctor or pharmacist for suitable alternative pain relief.
Is Motusol suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women?
Do not use Motusol if you are in the last trimester of your pregnancy as it could harm your unborn child or cause problems during birth. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, you must ask your doctor for advice before taking Motusol.
When should this product not be used?
Motusol may be unsuitable for certain people. Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or in any of the following cases:
- You have ever had an allergic reaction or developed breathing problems after taking other NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen)
- You are in your last trimester of pregnancy
- You are under 14 years of age
- Do not use Motusol on eczema, open wounds, inflammations or infections
Talk to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this medicine in any of the following cases:
- You have asthma, COPD or other breathing difficulties
- You have hypersensitivity to other painkillers or anti-rheumatic medicines
- You have reduced kidney, heart or liver function
- You have peptic ulcers in the stomach or duodenum
Are there any side effects?
Like all medicines, Motusol may cause side effects in some people, but these won’t affect everybody. Seek emergency medical attention if you notice any signs of a severe allergic reaction, symptoms of which include swelling of the face and throat, skin rash, breathing difficulties and/or loss of consciousness. Common side effects include:
- Skin rash
- Dermatitis (inflammation of the skin)
For more information on potential side effects, refer to the patient information leaflet. If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
Store in a cool, dry place out of sight and reach of children. Do not use after the expiry date, referring to the last day of the month stated on the packaging. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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