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Voveran Emulgel

Manufactured by: Novartis

Voveran Emulgel 1% 50 g
Voveran Emulgel 1% 30 g

Why is this medication prescribed?

Diclofenac topical gel (Voltaren) is used to relieve pain from osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints) in certain joints such as those of the knees, ankles, feet, elbows, wrists, and hands. Diclofenac topical liquid (Pennsaid) is used to relieve osteoarthritis pain in the knees. Diclofenac is in a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain.

Diclofenac is also available as a 3% gel (Solaraze; generic) that is applied to the skin to treat actinic keratosis (flat, scaly growths on the skin caused by too much sun exposure). This monograph only gives information about diclofenac gel (Voltaren) and liquid (Pennsaid) for osteoarthritis. If you are using diclofenac gel (Solaraze, generic) for actinic keratosis, read the monograph entitled diclofenac topical (actinic keratosis).

How should this medicine be used?

Topical diclofenac for osteoarthritis comes as gel (Voltaren) to apply to the affected skin area four times a day to treat arthritis pain. Topical diclofenac for osteoarthritis also comes as a 1.5% liquid (Pennsaid) to apply to the knee four times a day. Topical diclofenac for osteoarthritis also comes as a 2% liquid (Pennsaid) to apply to the knee twice a day. Apply diclofenac gel (Voltaren) or liquid (Pennsaid) at around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use topical diclofenac (Pennsaid, Voltaren) exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often or for a longer period of time than prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply the gel or liquid to any area of your body that your doctor did not tell you to treat.

Apply diclofenac gel (Voltaren) or liquid (Pennsaid) to clean, dry skin. Do not apply the medication to skin that is broken, peeling, infected, swollen, or covered with a rash.

Diclofenac gel (Voltaren) and liquid (Pennsaid) are only for use on the skin. Be careful not to get the medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you do get the medication in your eyes, rinse your eyes with plenty of water or saline. If your eye(s) are still irritated after one hour, call your doctor.

After you apply diclofenac gel (Voltaren) or liquid (Pennsaid), you should not cover the treated area with any type of dressing or bandage and you should not apply heat to the area. You should not shower or bathe for at least 30 minutes after you apply the liquid (Pennsaid) and for at least 1 hour after you apply the gel (Voltaren). Do not cover the treated area with clothes or gloves for 10 minutes after you apply the gel (Voltaren), or until the liquid (Pennsaid) has dried if you are using the liquid.

To use topical diclofenac gel (Voltaren), follow these steps:

  1. Before you use a new tube of diclofenac gel (Voltaren) for the first time, open the foil seal that covers the tube and then puncture the opening of the tube using the spiked top of the cap.
  2. Place one of the dosing cards from the package on a flat surface so that you can read the print. If the print is backward, flip the dosing card over.
  3. Using the lines on the dosing card as a guide, squeeze the correct amount of gel onto the dosing card evenly. Make sure the gel covers the entire area marked for your correct dose. Put the cap back on the tube.
  4. Clean and dry the skin area where you will apply the medication.
  5. Apply the gel to the directed skin areas, using the dosing card to help apply the gel to the skin. Use your hands to gently rub the gel into the skin. Make sure to cover the entire affected area with the gel.
  6. Hold the end of the dosing card with your fingertips, and rinse and dry the card. Store the dosing card until next use, out of reach of children. Do not share the dosing card with another person.
  7. Wash your hands well after you apply the gel, unless you are treating your hands. If you are treating your hands, do not wash them for at least one hour after you apply the gel.

To use topical diclofenac 1.5 % liquid (Pennsaid), follow these steps:

  1. Clean and dry the skin area where you will apply the medication.
  2. Apply the liquid to your knee 10 drops at a time. You can do this by dropping the liquid directly onto the knee or by first dropping it onto the palm of your hand and then spreading it onto the knee.
  3. Use your hand to evenly spread the liquid around the front, back, and sides of the knee.
  4. Repeat this step until 40 drops of liquid have been applied and the knee is completely covered with the liquid.
  5. If your doctor has told you to apply the liquid to both knees, repeat steps 2 to 4 to apply the medication to your other knee.
  6. Wash and dry your hands well after you apply the liquid.

To use topical dicofenac 2% liquid (Pennsaid), follow these steps:

  1. You will need to prime the pump that contains this medication before you use it for the first time. Remove the cap from the pump and hold the pump upright. Press down the top of the pump four times and catch any medication that comes out on a paper towel or tissue. Throw away the paper towel or tissue in a trash can.
  2. When you are ready to apply your medication, wash your hands well with soap and water.
  3. Hold the pump at an angle and press down the top of the pump to dispense the medication onto your palm. Press down the top a second time to dispense another pump of medication onto your palm.
  4. Use your palm to apply the medication evenly to the front, back, and sides of your knee. Do not massage your knee while you are applying the medication.
  5. If your doctor told you to apply the medication to both knees, repeat steps 3-4 to apply the medication to your other knee.
  6. Wash your hands well with soap and water as soon as you finish applying the medication.
  7. Replace the cap on your pump and store the pump upright.
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