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Ineffective for me
Voltarol Emulgel P Gel
Member Name: jipp05
Voltarol Emulgel P Gel
Advantages: Can be bought over the counter
Disadvantages: Too weak a preparation to be effective on 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.
Summary: Ineffective for me