Learn how Voltarol works to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and help speed up recovery.
What is Voltarol?
The Voltarol range of products, which are available over the counter, contain a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) called diclofenac. Diclofenac works to inhibit prostaglandins, substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. By reducing their effects, diclofenac helps to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Types of Voltarol
Voltarol is available in two different forms: Gel and Medicated Plaster. Here we explain how each works.
Application of Voltarol to the skin
Voltarol Emulgel P
Voltarol gels are topical treatments, which means that you apply them to the skin over the affected area. They work by pooling diclofenac on the surface of the skin; the drug then penetrates the underlying tissues, targeting the inflamed tissues (e.g. around the joint) to relieve pain, decrease swelling and support the healing process.
There are three formulations of Voltarol that can be applied to the skin, each of which offers its own range of benefits.
- Voltarol Emulgel and Voltarol Emulgel P should be rubbed gently into the skin. Depending on the size of the affected site to be treated 2-4g (a circular shaped mass approximately 2.0-2.5cm in diameter) should be applied 3 - 4 times a day.
- Voltarol 12 Hour Emulgel P 2.32% Gel should be rubbed gently into the skin. Depending on the size of the affected site to be treated, 2-4g (a circular shaped mass approximately 2.0-2.5cm in diameter) should be applied 2 times a day (preferably morning and evening).
After application, the hands should be washed unless they are the site being treated.
If symptoms do not improve by day 7, or if they worsen within the first 7 days, a consultation with a doctor is recommended. Do not use for more than 14 days unless recommended by a doctor.
**vs non medicated placebo patch
Voltarol Medicated Plaster
The Voltarol Plaster contains 140mg of diclofenac in a medicated plaster.
Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory/analgesic drug which has been shown to be effective in reducing inflammation-related pain and swelling. The plaster is applied to the affected area and delivers the medication through the skin. Thanks to the concentrated nature of the plaster, it only needs to be applied twice a day – morning and night – to provide continuous relief.