Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel - 100g

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What is Voltarol Back and Muscle Pain Relief?

Voltarol Back and Muscle Pain Relief is a pain relief gel that cools and soothes muscular and back pain. It’s perfect for treating sporting injuries, or general aches and pains in your joints and muscles. If you’re looking for a way to reduce pain and inflammation in your sore muscles, Voltarol could help you to feel more comfortable in no time.


What kinds of pain can this product be used for?

Voltarol Back and Muscle Relief pain can be used for lots of different aches and pains. Some of the most popular reasons why people use this product include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Bruises
  • Sports injuries
  • Back ache
  • Tendonitis, e.g. tennis elbow


How does Voltarol Back and Muscle Pain Relief work to ease pain?

Voltarol Back and Muscle Pain Relief contains an active ingredient called diclofenac diethylammonium, which is one of a group of medicines known as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), This means it works by changing how your body responds to pain, easing pain and inflammation in your joints and muscles in the process. This makes it ideal for muscular pain and back pain.


Can I use this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you’re within the first 6 months or pregnancy or are breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product. If you’re breastfeeding, you should not use this product on your breasts or on large areas of skin. Do not use Voltarol Back and Muscle Pain Relief gel if you are within the last 3 months of pregnancy, as it may harm your child or cause problems during childbirth.


Can I use this product if I’m using any other medication?

If you’re using any other medication, including those you obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Voltarol gel. You should not use this product if you are already taking diclofenac tablets or any other NSAIDs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.


How to use this gel

Squeeze a small amount of Voltarol gel from its tube and apply to the affected area 3 – 4 times a day. Slowly rub the gel into the skin for best results. The amount of gel you need to use may vary, but you will usually find that an amount that is the same size as a 1p or 2p coin will be enough. Leave at least 4 hours between each application, do not apply more than 4 times in any 24-hour period, and do not use for more than 7 days unless told to by your doctor. Wash your hands after use, unless your hands are the area being treated.


When should this gel not be used?

Voltarol Back and Muscle Pain Relief gel is not suitable for use in children under the age of 14. Do not use this product if you are allergic to diclofenac, any other NSAID painkillers, or any of the other listed ingredients. This product can increase the flammability of any fabrics it comes into contact with, be sure to change dressings, clothing, bedding, and any other fabrics used around this product regularly. Stay away from naked flames and do not smoke while using this product. For external use only, do not use in the mouth, eyes, or any other sensitive areas. Do not use on skin that is affected by a rash or eczema, cuts, or open wounds. Avoid applying this product on large areas of skin over a prolonged period of time, unless your doctor advises you to do so. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you:

  • Are planning on sunbathing or using sun lamps, as your skin may be more sensitive to sunlight
  • Have ever had asthma
  • Have a stomach or duodenal ulcer, or have ever had these


Does Voltarol Back and Muscle Pain Relief gel have any side effects?

Like all medications, Voltarol Back and Muscle Pain Relief can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, you may be experiencing a severe allergic reaction, and should stop using this product and speak to your doctor or pharmacist immediately:

  • Skin rash with blisters, hives (itchy red rash)
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath, feeling of tightness on the chest
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

Other side effects include:

  • Skin rash
  • Itching
  • Reddening or smarting of the skin
  • Sensitivity to sun, showing signs such as sunburn with itching, swelling, or blistering

If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.


How to store this product

Store in a cool, dry place which is below 30 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.


Important information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U 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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Voltarol Back & Muscle Pain Relief 1.16% Gel - 100g Reviews

By Mrs Chippie,
August 01, 2023
Exceptionally good for muscle pain and strains. Have used this before and it works very well, though needs to be continued for a day or so after the pain/strain seems better, to ensure the discomfort does not return.
By Karen Betteridge,
March 28, 2023
Works really fast and does exactly what it says it will
By Roger Gregory,
September 20, 2022
Another successful experience,
By Mary Plus Peggy,
August 16, 2022
Have used this as a backup to my pain killers, works well, the joint specific gel is too strong for me
By Mike Hewitt,
August 16, 2022
Great product

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