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Voltarol is a targeted relief for pain and inflammation in muscles. It is easy to apply and effective for minor pain relief - just don't expect any miracles for more severe pains.

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      04.07.2014 13:31
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      Highly recommend to reduce pain

      In my youth around 10 years ago I had a drink related injury. I decided it was a great idea to get a piggy back from a friend, and yes, this ended in disaster! I ended up on the floor with an extremely sore arm and shoulder. Ever since this ill advised activity I have suffered from a very sore shoulder. It did originally die down but then I got an administration job. Sitting at a computer all day has put pressure on my ''weak point'' and I was in extreme pain and I was getting daily head aches. I visited a physiotherapist a few times which resulted initially in further pain but it generally sorted the problem out. I was however told that this would continue to cause me problems. Being in my 20s I was of course pretty annoyed in having a life long health issue but I know there are people much worse off than me and it is really my own fault! To ease the daily pain I started using Ibuprofen gel and also taking Ibuprofen tablets. This did significantly reduce the pain but the gel didn''t seem to work for long and I didn''t think it was a great idea to be taking painkillers every day. I was then introduced to Voltarol cream by my mum and I really cant recommend it enough. Voltarol works pretty much instantly at reducing the pain and it lasts for so much longer than Ibuprofen cream. There is now also a 12 hour Voltarol cream that is available which is even better for pain that you know will just come back. I use this every day and it really does work!

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      12.12.2013 14:11
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      Voltarol Emulgel

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      The Product
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      Voltarol is a gel that brings targeted local relief for pain and swelling/inflammation in muscles such as the back of the neck. The gel also relieves pains in joints, sprains, strains and bruises as well as minor sports injuries related to tendons and ligaments. Most products work by cooling or heating the skin (I hate this sensation), how-ever Voltarol contains a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which targets the pain at its source. The gel works by blocking the production of some of the body's chemicals that cause swelling/inflammation, pain and tenderness. The product has shown to be effective in providing relief and reducing pain in different areas such as the neck. The active ingredient in Voltarol Emulgel, diclofenac, has been used as a pain reliever for 30 years in the UK. The Emulgel formula also provides both the benefits of a moisturising cream and a cooling gel.

      The gel comes in a box which is white in colour and it clearly states what the product is on the front and sides of the box. It also tells you what the product can be used for, how to use it and it also shows the list of ingredients. As with all medicine, read the enclosed leaflet before using the product. The tube itself is made from plastic but is a metallic colour which looks silver and orange. Again it clearly states what the product is on the front of the tube and again lists the ingredients and how to use the product on the back of the tube. The tube should be sealed and when you unscrew the lid you will notice a flower like plastic shape on the top of the opening to the tube. Using the top of the lid which also has this flower shape put it on top of the plastic shape and twists which twists this part off to open the tube ready for use.

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      Why I am using this Product
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      Approximately 3wks ago I had the unfortunate experience of spraining my ankle (inverted sprain). I did this simply by missing 1-2 of the steps at work and lending on my left ankle, which caused the sprain. After spending a good 3-4hrs up my local A & E and after having 2 lots of x-rays, luckily nothing was broken. I had how-ever bruised the bone and the ligaments very badly which was causing a huge amount of swelling and pain which could last up to 5wks. My immediate concern was not being able to go to the gym as I go 3-4 times a week. The next few weeks I had to keep my foot up and put frozen peas on it to help reduce the swelling and also do small exercises such as turning my foot in circular motions. I had a tubi-grip on and went back to work 2 days later. The swelling took just over 1wk to finally disappear and although the bruising has gone down there is still some pain in the ankle if I stretch it too much or twist it in certain positions. Someone actually recommend this gel to me which is why I thought I wo0uld give it a go. I can't stand Deep Heat so I wasn't going to even attempt to use this on my ankle.

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      There are a few different products in the Voltarol range. I purchased a 30g tube of gel from my local Boots store for £4.59. The gel also comes in 50g and 100g tubes. You can also purchase this product from supermarkets and stores such as Superdrug. Other products in the range include other gels and sprays, some of which are slightly stronger than others.

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      The product can be used on adults and children ages 14yrs and over. The product is not for use on children under 14yrs of age. To use the product apply a small amount the size of a penny or a two pence piece and rub gently into the skin over the affected site. Continue to apply 3-4 times daily to the affected area. I squeezed the tube gently to dispense a small amount of the gel onto my fingertips. I expected the product to be clear; how-ever it was a slightly cloudy colour. I rubbed the gel onto the areas around my ankle and also the ankle itself. I needed to use a two pence piece sized amount of the cream as the affected area wasn't in one place. I found the gel very easy and pleasant to rub in and it felt smooth as I rubbed it in. There was no immediate smell from the gel as well which I was very pleased about. I didn't feel a cooling affect when applying the gel or shortly after applying it. I put my socks and trainers on as normal, washed my hands and then left to go to work. . I did put the tube of cream in my bag so I could re-apply it during the day.

      It states that this gel has a pleasant smell and doesn't stain clothing or leave greasy or sticky marks. Although I wouldn't have said that the smell of the product was pleasant, I didn't find it unpleasant either. It definitely was not greasy and didn't feel sticky either which was good. I actually still have small issues with going up stairs. Although I can walk up stairs practically normal, I still do get a slight pain in my ankle when walking up them so I do always take the stairs very carefully. There was actually no difference when walking up the stairs and the small pain still appeared as normal and wasn't reduced. During the day, although I felt the pain had eased a little, it was still noticeable and was definitely still there. I didn't expect this gel to work miracles and take away the pain completely; how-ever I did expect it to become a little less noticeable which, at times it was. I applied the gel at least twice whilst at work and would apply it again when I got home in the evening. I continued using the gel for a few days and although it didn't make a massive amount of difference, my ankle did feel a little more comfortable than it had been recently.

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      I wasn't really sure what to expect from this gel as the last time I used a product such as this was a very long time ago and that was actually 'Deep Heat', which I can't stand the smell of. I only really purchased this particular product, because it was recommended to me by my boyfriend's mum otherwise I probably wouldn't have purchase this product in the first place. The gel is quite pricey for what it is; how-ever I find that all these types of products are rather pricey anyway. If it was going to relieve the muscular pain how-ever, I didn't mind paying this. I was surprised to see that the gel was slightly cloudy, as I expected it to be a clear gel. I like the fact that it's very easy to apply and doesn't feel sticky or greasy and it's great that it doesn't stain clothes either, which means I can put my sock back on shortly after applying it.

      Although I didn't notice any immediate relief it did seem to feel slightly more comfortable through-out the day when applying more of the gel later on in the day. The gel didn't really take any of the pain away as I was still getting this, how-ever overall my ankle did feel a little more comfortable which was a relief after having a bad ankle for almost 4wks now. Even though there is a huge amount of different to my ankle, I am continuing to use this gel on my ankle a few times a day. As you can't use this product for more than 7 days, I do tend to take a break every other day in applying the product. I don't think this product works that well on large sprains such as my sprained ankle, as it didn't reduce the pain, how-ever it did make it slightly more comfortable. I would probably use this again in the future for joint pains and aches but not for bad sprains.

      PLEASE NOTE: This review was originally written at least 8weeks ago & I am still suffering with my ankle :(


      (review also on ciao)

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        07.09.2013 09:46
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        Ineffective for me

        I have an old back injury which has resulted in problems with my Sciatic nerve that flairs up on occasion. I used to get Diclofenac tablets from the doctor when the pain was really bad and these really helps with taking the inflammation away which in turn meant I was in less pain. I bought some Voltarol as I noticed its main ingredient is Diclofenac and I had hoped it would help with the pain and general uncomfortableness that I was suffering last time it flared up.

        I bought it from Boot's and it is available over the counter and it cost £7.69 for the smaller 50g tube of gel. The gel is designed to give pain relief and reduce inflammation from rheumatic, joint, muscular sprains, strains and bruises. You apply it by using a small amount about the size of a penny and rubbing it into the site of the pain. You can use it up to 4 times a day and they say not to use it more than 7 days in a row.

        The gel is a white colour which I wasn't expecting as I have had Diclofenac gel before from the doctors and it was clear.
        It wasn't too greasy to apply and it absorbed within a minute or so into my skin without leaving any sticky residue which is good as I was mainly applying it at night just before going to bed and I didn't want to wait around for ages for it to absorb.

        I have to say I was really disappointed with this and felt that any relief that I got from the gel was minimal at best. From previous experience with Diclofenac gel I knew that it took about 15 minutes to get to work but I barely noticed any difference after 15 minutes or even 30. It did take off the worst edge to the pain in my back but it certainly wasn't reduced significantly by any means and there was no way I was going to be getting any sleep with only using this on my back so I had to use this in combination co codamol and a heat pad to stand any chance of getting the pain to manageable levels.

        I did notice that this had a much lower concentration of Diclofenac that the stuff that I had got from the doctors which probably explained the reason why it was so ineffective on me. Perhaps it would be better on less severe pain and only slight injuries. I do like Diclofenac and think it really works but for me this preparation just did nothing to help with the pain and I didn't notice a reduction in pain after using it for a few days so I don't think it did much to take away the inflammation either.

        I wouldn't buy it again. Voltarol also make a stronger version which I would be willing to try but this was just too weak for my pain and didn't do anything to help. If you do decide to try it make sure and read the leaflet first as with all medicines this has side effects and conditions where you shouldn't use it and the list is pretty large with this particular product.

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          31.07.2013 19:30
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          2 stars from me

          I have had a bad back since giving birth to my first daughter, after pregnancy with my second daughter my back was much worse and I ended up in physio. The diagnosis is simply that my core muscles are too weak and that also have a crushed disc in my back, the only way to deal with this is to deal with the pain when it occurs but I don't always like taking tablets as some of the tablets I have to use are too strong and I don't like to take them when i'm responsible for my children so I looked for an alternative.

          I bought this product as one of the residents at work uses it and says that it works really well so I thought I might as well give it a try. I bought the product from Boots and currently it sells at £7.69 for 50gs or £12.99 for 100g.

          The product comes packaged in a tube which is then inside a cardboard box, both the box and the tube are mainly white and orange in colour and it is stated that it will relieve pain and inflammation. On the packaging you also have a list of the active ingredients and of course the directions for using the product, there is also a leaflet inside the box so there is plenty of information with the product.

          To use the product the first time you have to unscrew the lid and use the opposite side of it to push into the top of the tube and break the seal. The product inside the tube is a thick gel which is a sort of white to grey colour, the smell of the gel reminds me of vapour rub but it doesn't last very long. The product squeezes out easily eve though it's thick ad you don't need to use much, you simply rub the product into the skin of the affected area. The product leaves your skin feeling a bit greasy and I always feel the need to wash my hands straight away after using the product.

          The product can only be used by people aged 12 and over, can be used 3-4 times in a day but mustn't be used in the same area for more than 14 days without consulting a doctor.

          I found that this gel did provide a little relief but really only what mild painkillers would have done anyway so I would not say it is worth paying for and won't be buying it again. If your pain was mild and you were looking for something to use instead of painkillers then it would probably be ok for you but not for my pain unfortunately so I can only give this 2 stars as it simply isn't powerful enough.

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            02.06.2013 13:00
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            Glad I only paid a pound for it, I expected it to work!

            For a very long time now I have suffered with back pain. I have a condition in my spine as well but the back pain I get can be from fibroneuralgia or sciatica and with having M.E as well I seem to suffer with lots of muscular problems which is why when I spotted this product in Superdrug when I was having a mooch about reduced to just a pound I bought it cos I already knew that this retails at about £9.00 usually and so thought I was nabbing myself a bit of a bargain!

            The Packaging:

            The can comes in an oblong white and orange coloured box and both items have the same information on them. On the front of the box and the can we are clearly told what it is and who it is made by and that it is 'Dicofenac Diethylammonium' and that it 'Relieves pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis of joints, for rheumatic, joint and muscular sprains, strains and bruises' and that the size I bought is a large 75ml size and then other information on the box and the back of the can includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, lots of warnings are listed as well as being given a list of ingredients and of course contact details for the manufacturer are clearly listed. The can has a see through lid/cap to it that come on and off with ease and to dispense the product you simply press the button to the top of the can. Inside the box you get a leaflet giving yet more information about the product. High quality, informative packaging this is.

            The Gel/Cream:

            It hard to know how to describe this, its a cross between a white coloured cream but goes to a gel when massaging it into the skin. It has a slightly minty and rather menthol fragrance to it that I'm not all that keen on as the fragrance is so pungent though to be fair it does wear off after about half an hour anyway and after that time I think it smells a little bit floral and naturally sweet!

            This is only suitable for users over the age of 12 years old to use it and you only need a pea sized amount and you shouldn't use it on one area for more than 14 days unless a Doctor agrees to that.

            It massages into the skin really easily and a little of it really does go a very long way indeed. Its actually a little moisturising on the skin I think and not greasy or anything else adverse, like I say its only the way this smells I find off putting until the fragrance fades somewhat.

            Sadly though for me I dont find this to be all that effective. Its cooling when I apply it to where the pain is and keeps cooling that skin for about half an hour but I can still feel the pain in my back through that cool sensation sadly, it just doesn't really work for me. However it is easy to apply, a little of it goes a long way and alot of people going by the reviews on here do like this but I do have serious back problems that even drugs don't always work for so maybe if your pain isn't as bad as mine it may be effective!

            Available from all good chemists etc and in different sizes too!

            This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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            25.03.2013 23:25
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            A good cream for back pain relief

            I recently hurt my back - not the lower part which I have hurt before and know the pain related to it, but one side of my back and underarm. After a couple of days of a lot of discomfort, I happened to be seeing my mum who suggested I try a couple of creams that she had, including deep heat and this voltarol emulgel. There wasn't a lot left in her tubes, so I said I would try them, and if I found one or both to work, I would buy some for myself. THis is my review of the Voltarol emulgel, which I did end up purchasing in the end, costing me a fiver in Tesco for a 50g tube, not cheap but anything that gives relief for back pain is worth paying for!!

            Voltarol is designed to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, rheumatic joint and muscular sprains and bruises. This white cream is meant to 'penetrate the skin' to provide the pain relief needed. The formula claims to be 'soothing and cooling' as well as being 'non greasy and non staining'.

            It is important to read the instructions that come with this product as there are various incidents when using this product is not suitable - for example, it is not suitable for those in the third trimester of pregnancy or are breastfeeding, or if you have ever had stomach ulcer in the past. You only need to use a one penny of two penny size amount of the cream on the affected area and are limited to using it on two joints at any one time. It can also be used up to 4 times a day.

            Due to where the pain was, I had to get my husband to apply this to my skin. He was very good at keeping to within the small amount instructed. Unlike the deep heat, you don't have any strong smell with this product, which is good when you are heading out to work, but also you don't get that tingling heat sensation which hits you straight away with the deep heat.

            I wouldn't necessarily say I felt instant relief or easing of the pain. but within a relatively short time there was an improvement in the easing of the back pain. I didn't feel that it takes the pain or discomfort away entirely, and as soon as I would go to use the muscles affected, the pain and discomfort would still be felt, however, there was a difference after using this cream. I found first thing in the morning when the pain seemed to be at its worst after I woke up, the effectiveness of the the product was felt the most, as I really could feel the pain that I woke with easing before my eyes one the Voltarol had been applied.

            I have to say I like the more immediate easing that the deep heat offers but I cannot deny that this does ease the pain - not taking it away but letting you get on better whilst the muscles etc heal. So, it is a good product, and worth its money because it does ease the pain.

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              An effective method of relieving muscular pain.

              Review of Voltarol Emulgel

              I have had a spell of ill health recently, namely a virus that simply will not go away and a damaged ligament in my knee. The virus is a nuisance but the knee has been a real problem, extremely painful and it was making life very uncomfortable.

              Once I had been examined, X-rayed and the problem diagnosed, my GP prescribed strong painkillers which helped. At a subsequent appointment, he also suggested massaging the affected area with a diclofenac based ointment several times a day, which is where this product comes in.

              ==The Gel and It's Uses==

              I purchased my tube from my local Sainsbury's pharmacy. My Doctor had given me a prescription for the product, but as I am not in receipt of any benefits, nor over 60 or under 18 and definitely not of an age to be pregnant (!), I pay for my prescriptions. The pharmacist advised me that it would be cheaper for me to buy this over the counter than have the prescription made up.

              This was a kindly meant and much appreciated piece of advice. I believe I paid around £4.20 for the 30g tube of gel, whereas to have the prescription dispensed would have been £7.40!

              The Voltarol gel is designed to treat Rheumatic, muscular and joint pains, including sprains and strains. The active ingredient is Diclofenac diethylammonium. The Voltarol Emugel penetrates the skin to bring direct pain relief to the affected area.

              The gel is presented in a cardboard wrapper which is white and orange in colour and all advices and warnings are clearly printed both on this outer packaging and replicated in a leaflet within the packaging.

              The tube is made of a squeezable metal and is closed by means of a screw topped cap. The gel is very easy to squeeze out, a little too easy actually, as on my first attempt, I got a handful of the stuff, rather than a 1p sized blob!

              I rubbed a small amount into the area where the pain was worst. The gel quite thick in texture, it has virtually no smell when you squeeze it from the tube, but as it warmed up as I rubbed it in, I noticed a feint aroma, not unpleasant, but a sort of rubbery chemical-like smell.

              The gel is smooth and non sticky to the touch and it is absorbed very easily, leaving no residue on the skin.

              ==Usage, Warnings and Ingredients==

              **Usage and Side effects**

              (The following information is a little long winded, but I feel it is important to include these in a medicine review. If you don't agree, please feel free to scroll through this section of the review!)

              Directions for use: Adults and children aged 12 and over: Use an amount the size of a one penny or two penny piece and rub gently into the skin over the affected site. Apply 3 - 4 times daily to the affected area of skin.
              Do not use for more than 7 days, unless longer treatment is recommended by a doctor.
              Do not exceed the stated dose.
              Wash hands after use (unless they are the site being treated). 
              Do not use on children under 12 years. 
              For External Use Only. 
              Not To Be Taken By Mouth. 

              Do not use if you are allergic to, or ever had an asthma attach, wheezing, hives or a runny nose after taking aspirin or other NSAID pain/anti-inflammatory medicine.
              Do not use if you are sensitive to diclofenac or any other ingredient of the gel.  
              Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 
               
              Do not use if you are taking oral diclofenac, aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAID medicines.
              Do not apply to cuts, wounds, sunburned skin or other area where the skin is abnormal, or near the eyes or nasal area.


              Side effects are rare but if you experience any of the following, you should using the medicine immediately and tell your doctor: Unexplained wheezing, shortness of breath, skin rash, itching, bruising, or facial swelling.

              **Ingredients**
              Voltarol Pain-eze Emuogel contains the following ingredients:

              Diclofenac Diethylammonium 1.16% w/w, Also contains: Diethylamine, Carbomer, Macrogol Cetostearyl Ether, Cocoyl Caprylo-Caprate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Liquid Paraffin, Perfume, Propylene Glycol, Purified Water.

              ==My Thoughts and Conclusion==

              I have to honest and say that in my arrogance and ignorance, I have always taken the view that anything rubbed on the outside of the body cannot possibly heal something on the inside, so with this in mind was rather scathing in my opinion of my Doctor's advice. However, as walking was difficult, sleeping was difficult and life in general was being badly affected by my bad knee, I felt I should try this gel.

              Actually, I think I was ready to try anything, my friend is a Reiki healer and she had been giving me regular Reiki sessions, another friend is a crystal healer and he had sent me a crystal amulet. Unsurprisingly, neither if these 'alternative' methods had made any difference, although I enjoyed the chats and coffees after my Reiki sessions!

              However, I digress!

              The effects of this gel were not immediate or spectacular, however I found after a few days use my knee did feel less sensitive and movement was a little easier. Whether this was due to the ibuprofen, the massage or a combination of the two, I wouldn't like to say.

              My knee is much improved, I'm not sure I could jive the night away yet, but I'm getting there!

              What I can say is that massaging my painful, swollen knee with this gel certainly helped. The gel is fairly long lasting and I would definitely consider using it again if I was suffering from a similar condition.

              I would certainly recommend Voltarol Emulgel to others who are suffering from a painful condition as I was. If like me, you pay for your prescriptions, it is worth asking the pharmacist if there is a cheaper alternative that you can buy over the counter.


              Thank you for reading
              ©brittle1906 March 2012

              N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name

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                11.02.2012 02:13
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                Worked for me and may work for you

                Lower back pain can be debilitating. Very few minor ailments in life can stop me in my tracks but if I need to do anything physical or even simply stoop down for something the pain and discomfort can be horrible, just horrible. As I said in a previous review I avoid taking pills whenever possible and more times than not I will just grin and bear it, but eventually that grin becomes more of a snarl as I grit my teeth in pain. I have friends that are studying to become chiropractors at the moment and a couple have used me as their "guinea pig" to try and figure out what may be causing my problem and hopefully fix it. I have suffered with my back for years, not on a daily basis but regularly enough for it to start to drive me mad. So any chance of relief would have been great.

                However being an asthmatic I was weary of using this cream as when I researched it, I found that this is not recommended for asthma sufferers. However I have used Deep Heat in the past and that too isn't recommended for asthma sufferers and I had no problems at all. So being the dare devil that I am I decided to give this a go as the chance of controlling this recurring problem was way too tempting. 

                If only they knew what they were doing, this make shift appointment turned into more of an S&M session with me screaming out in pain as they tried to crack and realign my vertebrae. Through howles of laughter it was very obvious my lovely caring "friends" were taking the you know what. Soon enough they said that they weren't really qualified to treat me but said that it was more of a case of muscular inflammation, as a result of poor posture while sitting and thankfully wasn't anything serious. 

                They suggested I use a topical treatment with the active ingredient being Diclofenac. This is a powerful anti inflammatory which was exactly what I needed as far as they were concerned. I was aware of this medication as I had studied this as an an orally administered non steroidal anti inflammatory briefly in med school.

                Like other pain relieving creams this comes in a simple to use tube, the cream has a distinctive scent but nowhere near as strong as Deep Heat which has a overpowering smell. The gel feels cool upon application and soon begins to warm adding to the relief. This gel does enter the blood stream and may be dangerous for asthmatics, just because I had no adverse effects while using it doesn't mean that it will be the same for you, please ask your doctor before staring treatment, and I would recommend you either read the online side effects on the manufactures website before buying, or simply ask to see the leaflet form inside the box when in any chemist, this is your right as a concerned  potential customer.

                The fact that this entered my blood stream meant that this gel worked at relieving my pain very quickly. The relief happened with in five minutes and the pain was completely gone in ten minutes. No other topical cream has ever worked this well for me, so from that moment on I was a fan. I buy the 50ml tube for around £5 this size tube  lasts me a long time as very little is needed to treat my problematic area (my lower back).

                This gel has given me great relief from what was a debilitating condition, I have tried to correct my sitting posture which was the reason behind my pain but as I'm typing this review I realise I'm hunched over like yer man form Notra Dame. Will I ever learn?

                Thanks for reading :0) 2night

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                  A good alternative to painkillers for some symptons

                  I am currently suffering from a really sore neck although I don't why - perhaps I have lain awkwardly in the night so I have been taking pain killers which haven't been making much difference but my mother-in-law recommended this gel to me a while ago which is marketed as giving relief for penetrating pain and inflammation due to rheumatic, joint and muscular sprains, strains and bruises so I fished it out of my medicine draw and started using it.

                  The gel comes in a 50g tube with a screw top lid and costs around £5 from pharmacies. The tube is sealed by a protective cover and to gain access you turn the lid upside down and press back down onto the tube whereby a spike pierces the seal and you are then ready to use.

                  The gel is an off white colour and the directions state that adults and children over the age of 12 can apply this to any affected area 3-4 times a day although you should not use this for more than 7 days without consulting a doctor. I apply about a 10 pence sized amount to the area and rub in until absorbed which doesn't take long. It does have a slight medicinal smell but it is not as strong as say something like Deep Heat and soon wears off so that has not been an issue for me.

                  The active ingredient is diclofenac which as you may know can be prescribed/purchased in tablet form as a painkiller.

                  The gel, once applied is quite cooling and soothing on the skin and the formula is non-greasy and non-staining although care should be taken to wash your hands thoroughly after administering unless that is the area that you are treating.

                  You are not supposed to take this in conjunction with oral diclofenac, aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAID medicines and you also should not use this if you have ever had an asthma attack, wheezing, hives or runny nose after taking aspirin or other NSAID medicine, neither if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

                  The results:

                  My mother in law gets quite good relief from this gel for her rheumatic and joint pains and I have used it for a strained muscle in my thigh over the last few days and also on my painful neck.

                  This has worked quite well on the sore thigh but has not made much impact on the painful neck area so I am unsure about its effectiveness overall. Whilst the gel is soothing whilst being massaged into my neck the pain has not let up much at all although saying that I have not been applying it 3-4 times a day but rather in the morning and of a night so perhaps more sustained use would do the trick. I have also been taken painkillers which is why i have only administered twice a day (as you are not supposed to) but the pain has been quite severe.

                  However, it has worked very well on the thigh strain so I can certainly recommend it for strains of that nature. Perhaps the neck pain I am experiencing is a little harder for the gel to tackle and I might be making an appointment with my doctor if it doesn't improve in the next couple of days.

                  I would use this again though but having had mixed results myself, I think you would need to use this yourself as perhaps the results will differ from person to person and from symptom to symptom but if you don't like taking lots of painkillers you may find that this is a good alternative for you.

                  I hope this has been of use.

                  Thanks for reading. x
                  also on ciao

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                    01.10.2010 12:04
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                    This is another Gel that i've used on my back. Again I don't feel that this measures up to Deep Heat in the same way, but it is different to it anyway. This is much like the Ibuleve Gel that I used before, and it worked on the pain, but there is just something odd about you know it's working, but there isn't the Hot feeling that makes you think it is working more.

                    This cost me £3 from Asda for the 50g tube, but I think it normally costs around £3.60. It was on an Asda ROllback offer.

                    This comes in quite a slimline tube, which is easy to get the Gel out and roll the ends of it up to get all the Gel out of. This also is in a box, which may seem a bit unnecessary, but it is fully recyclable.

                    YOu just rub some of this Gel onto the sore area and this soaks into the skin and targets the pain. From what I can understand that this has the same ingredients as the Tablets which are quite strong, and help take away general pains, and obviously the Gel is to more so targets muscle pain.

                    A little of the Gel seems to go a long way. The Gel is quite sticky, but rubs in well and quick enough. A little blob covers a good amount of area.

                    After about 10 minutes you should feel the pain goes away a bit and I think that it does seem to ease the pain,

                    Does a better job in my view than Ibuleve, but i'm still keen on Deep Heat.

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                    A light easy to apply gel

                    Voltarol Emulgel is a product thats geared towards taking the pain away from aches and strains, via a simple method of rubbing the gel on to the skin and allowing the gel to work its magic.

                    Having taken Voltarol tablets which didn't suit at all, I was sceptical about using the gel product, but thought it was worth persevering with. I have found that it works well when used sparingly, but may not suit everyone and has its limitations. It was at least as good as a similar leading branded product I have tried which contains ibuprofen.

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                    Voltarol Emulgel comes on a small box which contains a 30g tube of product. The box is white and vivid honey yellow and has a small stick man on the front, which makes it easy to spot on the shelves.

                    Often the product is behind the counter and you need to ask for it by name. The product is priced at around £3.50 for a 30g tube, but can sometimes cost up to 50p more depending on where you buy it.

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                    You should find that a tube of Voltarol will go a long way, as you do not need to apply the gel thickly, nor should you. Less really is more with this and you will find that the product rubs on easily, so you are not tempted to use more than you need. It can act towards reducing inflammation and pain and you really do notice an improvement when using the product as per the instructions.

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                    Voltarol gel is used to take down general inflammation and swelling of joints, muscles etc and also soothes aches and pains at the same time. We have used it for general aches and pains, sprains and muscle injuries as well as to ease swollen joints.

                    We have found it to be effective and useful, also easy to apply and store when not in use. Its a light feeling gel that drys into the skin easily, although you do need to keep your clothing away from the area for a few minutes to let the product sink in well. Once its dry you can dress and cover the area which has had the gel applied.

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                    The active ingredient within the product is Diclofenac diethylammonium 1.16%. Voltarol is classed as a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which means it can reduce inflammation without containing steroids.

                    The product is not suitable for everyone and should be used with caution if you have asthma or any history of allergic reactions. Even though the product is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, you should never use more of the product than you need. Its not suitable for young children, but can be used for children over 12 years old.

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                    The more product you rub in, the greater the amount of product is absorbed into the blood stream, so do follow the instructions for use closely. If you have any questions about the product and want to see if its suitable for you, consult a GP or pharmacist who will be able to give you advice prior to use.

                    Having found the product to be of use I feel that a 4 star rating is about right for Voltarol Emugel. If used with caution it can be a real help in taking the edge off of sprains and inflamed joints and I would recommend it as it compares well to ibuprofen based gel products.

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                      07.07.2010 22:58
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                      It certainly packs a punch to fix that ache!

                      Owww I shouted as I woke up...Ow ow ow! I had been walking the dog down the park and the little devil had been a little too eager to chase squirrels and my shoulder was suffering.

                      It was the weekend and the doctor surgery was closed, a quick trip to the local pharmacy pointed me in the direction of the Voltarol gel. It wasn't cheap (£7.25) and the box was tiny. I couldn't see how a box that small would cover my shoulder and provide the soothing sensation the adverts promised but Pain vs Price was an argument I wasn't willing to have.

                      I got home and rubbed the cream into my aching joint. I sulked around for most of the day, doing not a lot and to my suprise when I got up out of the sofa I was shocked to be able to put weigh on my arm and not feel shooting pains in my shoulder...curiously I swung my arm in a circular motion feeling quite satisfied that my arm was 'fixed' I proceeded to rub in a final dollop before bed to make sure. Now if I find myself aching after a days work or if the dog is particularly lively the Voltarol makes its saintly appearance. The box although tiny packs a punch and is a welcome addition to my first aid kit.

                      The gel which contains diclofenac is not suitable to people with skin complaints or a sensitivity to diclofenac. :-)

                      Doctors can prescribe this so if like me you have a pre-pay certificate get your moneys worth by asking the doctor to write a script for it!

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                      06.07.2010 00:50
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                      I would keep a tube in your medicine cupboard just in case, if you ever need it you won't regret it

                      I used this product for the first time yesterday after pulling a muscle at the gym, and then needed to use it again today after spraining my neck. I'm not normally this clumsy I promise!

                      Voltarol Emulgel is a cream designed to ease pain and inflammation. According to the box it can be used to treat pain cause by rheumatic, joint and muscular sprains, strains and bruises. The active ingredient is diclofenac diethyammonium, and I'm glad I only had to write it down, not pronounce it.

                      The packaging is a cardboard box with a tube and the instruction leaflet inside. Its easy to find the information you need either on the box or in the leaflet; including directions for use, warnings of when not to use the product and a list of side effects.

                      The gel itself is clear, and rubs into the skin easily. It isn't too oily but it takes a few minutes to dry and soak in so you'll want to leave the area of skin uncovered for about 5 minutes after applying. Your hands don't feel too sticky after applying as with some creams and gels but I still recommend washing them afterwards in case you accidentally touch your eye or mouth.

                      The gel has a noticeable smell, its similar to the smell of 'Deep Heat' if you've used that before but nowhere near as strong and obnoxious smelling. To be honest, the smell isn't at all unpleasant, its quite spicy and gives you the comforting impression that the cream is working!

                      The important bit, does it work?! The affected area will feel warm and a bit tingly when you first apply the gel, but then a pleasant numbness will take over quite quickly after the first minute or so. That feeling of relief spreading through the affected area is a lovely, very welcome experience. Its very soothing, and allows you to concentrate on something other than your sore muscles for a little while. I found it lasted quite a while, the effects didn't fully wear off for about 3-4 hours.

                      I found Voltarol Emulgel to be more effective than its rival products and will use it again if I ever need to, which hopefully I won't! It comes highly recommended from me for minor but annoying muscle strains and sprains.

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                        30.06.2010 21:34
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                        Well worth trying

                        Voltarol Emulgel

                        Description: Pain relief in gel form.


                        Around ten years ago, I had a bump in the car that left me with a neck problem that still flares up uncomfortably from time to time. For years, I used ibuprofen tablets and heat treatments but a couple of years ago, I tried this gel and have found it to be as effective as taking tablets.

                        Voltarol is part of a group of drugs called NSAIDs (non steroidal inflammatory drugs), the product contains Diclofenac which is similar to ibuprofen. A 30ml tube of this product will cost around £4.85 and can be found in most chemists and some supermarkets.

                        NSAIDs are not suitable for some people so it is important to read the directions in the box. If you are unsure whether this product is suitable for you, you can check with your doctor or pharmacist before buying.

                        To use, simply apply the gel to the affected area and rub in gently. The product is not suitable for sensitive areas and hands should be washed after applying.

                        Voltarol is formulated to help with most muscular aches and pains. It is great for backache and because it is applied topically, it seems to start working faster than tablets do. The gel has a slightly medicated smell but it isn't too overpowering and feels slightly cooling when applied.

                        I sometimes find that taking ibuprofen or similar kinds of painkillers can leave me feeling a little queasy. Using this gel has never given me any kind of side effect (potential side effects are also explained in the accompanying leaflet so it is sensible to read it before using) so it is a great alternative.

                        I find that this gel is excellent for muscle pain, it starts working within five to ten minutes of being applied and the pain relief is as good as taking painkillers. I have used a few different pain relieving gels (such as Ibuleve, Deep Heat and Ralgex) and have found that this one seems to be the best. For this reason, I always have some in the house in case it is needed, Mr Siamese often uses it to soothe stiff aching muscles after sport and agrees that it is convenient and effective too.

                        If you haven't tried this product, I definitely recommend that you do. It is a excellent alternative to taking oral painkillers and works faster too. 5 Dooyoo stars from me, ask your pharmacist for more information!

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                          20.02.2010 21:41
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                          easy to use gel that really helps

                          If you have ever suffered from any kind of muscular pain, this gel can really be a great help.

                          My physiotherapist recommended that I use this gel rather than taking anti inflamatory tablets because it is much kinder to your body. The tablets can cause problems with your stomach and can even lead to ulcers, so being able to apply a topical gel directly onto the affected area is preferable.

                          This gel works very quickly and can applied up to 4 times in any 24 hour period. You just need to squeeze a small amount out of the tube and rub it onto the affected area. It doesn't burn and helps to reduce any swelling very quickly. It is also absorbed quite quickly which is important when you need to get on with your daily life.

                          You do need to be careful not to overdose on this. It is easy to think that because this is put on your skin that you can take other medication, but it is absorbed into your system so the usual precautions must be taken. Ibuprofen can be a problem for asthmatics, so check with your doctor or pharmacist before using this gel. Also make sure that you don't take any ibuprofen tablets at the same time. This product is not suitable for children under 14 or for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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                          Pain relief in gel form / Voltarol Emulgel P penetrates the skin to bring direct relief to the affected area / Its soothing, cooling formula is non-greasy and non-staining / For rheumatic, joint and muscular sprains, strains and bruises / Use to relieve pain in mild arthritis.