I suffer from as yet undiagnosed pain in my arms, my right one in particular. It could be a combination of repetitive strain injury, my age or something connected with my back! Who knows?
Mostly it is manageable, but sometimes it is unbearable and I cannot get comfortable and struggle to sleep. At these times I resort to painkillers so I was looking for something powerful and fast acting and Voltarol Pain- eze seemed to fit the bill.
They are not the cheapest at £6.15 for 18 tablets and as with any medicines they are not suitable for people with pre-existing medical conditions.
These tablets have many side effects so I would not recommend taking these without reading all the instructions and taking advice from the pharmacist first.
They come in a cardboard pack and the tablets are in 2 foil blister packs each with 9 tablets.
Simply press the pack where the tablet is visible and that breaks the foil and the tablet is released.
These are very easy to dispense as the tablets come out easily.
The tablets themselves are white and a lozenge shape about a centimetre in length.
The front of the pack clearly identifies what these tablets are used for and there is a picture of the tablet
The back of the pack describes which aliments Pain-eze will provide relief for, how to take the tablets and advice on who should not take these and when to seek advice. This is all in a reasonable size so is easy to read and I don't have to resort to using a magnifying glass
There is a leaflet with the pack which you should read before taking these as this isn't for everyone and there are side effects.
Provides pain relief from muscular and joint pain, back-ache headache period pains and dental pain.
It also is effective for fevers and symptoms of cold and flu.
I have not used these when I have cold and flu, but I have found them to be very effective at tackling aches and pains.
I struggle taking tablets, they get stuck or I lose the ability to swallow, but the combination of shape size and coating makes these fairly easy to get down.
These are suitable for adults and children over 14.
They recommend taking 2 tablets with water initially and then 1 to 2 every 4 to 6 hours if needed, but the maximum is 6 tablets in 24 hours. Take no longer than 3 days.
In my experience I try not to take while I am working or need to drive as I find they make me drowsy and a little disorientated and I only take 2 at one time if I am able to relax or lie down . This is a known side effect of these tablets and I would recommend trying these and test your reaction, so if you do have side effects like me, you know when you should not take them. This is included on the leaflet, together with other side effects, so do read these carefully.
I know that there are side effects with most drugs, but the odds of feeling drowsy or dizzy are I in 10 with this particular tablet.
They are an effective pain killer, but I would not recommend that you take them on a daily basis because of the side effects. I take them for headaches, my arm pain and dental pain but only when I have really bad pain.
With dental pain, this eases rather than takes away the pain completely as I have yet to find anything that can tackle dental pain effectively.
Are they suitable for everyone?
Each tablet contain 12.5mg of diclofenac potassium, which is a a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) , so anyone who is already taking anti-inflammatory drugs or is on a potassium diet should seek advice from a doctor or the pharmacist before taking these.
These are not to be taken if you have stomach ulcers are allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen or other painkillers, taking other NSAID painkillers or aspirin , pregnant or breastfeeding.
Take advice from your doctor or the pharmacists if you have or have had diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, kidney stroke liver or bowel problems.
Also take advice before taking if you are on a controlled potassium diet, intolerant to sugar or you smoke.
Would I Recommend
Yes, they are effective at pain relief, but they do have side effects and I would recommend only taking these at bed-time as they make me drowsy and a little spaced out.
These are suitable for difficult to manage pain for a couple of days only. If you need them for longer periods , go see your doctor.
These are not tablets that you take on a daily basis for long periods so do follow the instructions.
**********Also they are not suitable for everyone so seek advice from a Pharmacist **********
4 stars because of the side effects.
Availability and Price
From most chemists and online pharmacies
£6.15 for a pack of 12.5mg tablets at Boots.
I recently felt the need to buy Voltarol Pain-eze tablets. I have used these tablets before about 15 years ago and at this point in time these tablets were only available on prescription. I am happy to see that many of these types of tablets can be purchased over the counter without the need to visit a GP.
I bought the tablets from LLoyds Pharmacy and they cost £6.10 for 18 tablets, this works out that these tablets cost around 33p per tablet.
Voltarol Pain-eze tablets provide effective pain and inflammation relief. They are for body pain, joint pain and muscle aches. They contain diclofenac potassium 12.5mg.
You should not take these tablets if you have or have ever had a stomach ulcer, perforation or bleeding. If you allergic to diclofenac or any other ingredient of the product, aspirin, ibuprofen or other related painkillers.
If you are taking other NSAID painkillers, or aspirin, and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You should speak to a pharmacist or your doctor before taking this product if you:
Have or have had asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a stroke, liver, heart, kidney or bowel problems
Are intolerant to some sugars
Are on a controlled potassium diet
Are a smoker
The tablets come in a little cardboard box. The box has instructions for use on it and inside the box there is a leaflet explaining what these tablets are and what they can be used for. The leaflet also outlines the correct dosage and further advice about these tablets.
Inside the box there is two little plastic type packs of tablets. Each contains 9 tablets. To disperse the tablets you just push them through the plastic pack they are sitting in. The tablets are easy to disperse and then you just pop the rest of the unused tablets back in to the box.
I have suffered from a frozen shoulder in the past and I was prescribed these tablets by my Doctor. I had the frozen shoulder for months and it effected every part of my life in a very negative way. I had trouble sleeping, working, social activities and I was a complete and utter grump. I was in pain all the time and had very limited movement from my right shoulder, unfortunately I am also right handed!
My problem was so bad that I had physiotherapy for 4 months. The Physiotherapist taught me exercises to help relieve my pain and these exercises really helped. In time I managed to control this terrible problem and for years my shoulder has been fine except for a few short frozen shoulder episodes but never as bad as before I had the Physiotherapy.
About 4 weeks ago I woke up in the morning with very little movement in my shoulder. Yes the old problem was back to haunt me. I was in a lot of pain and to take the edge of the pain I took 2 Voltorol tablets. About 30minutes after taking the tablets I could do my exercises to try and relieve the pain further. I also took 2 tablets before I went to bed.
The tablets are easy to take and they are small caplet shaped tablets which helps. They work for me by taking the edge of the pain, they do not take the pain away completely but make it more tolerable.
The active ingredient in these tablets, Diclofenac, works by blocking the action of a substance in the body called cyclo-oxygenase. Cyclo-oxygenase is involved in the production of various chemicals in the body, some of which are known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are produced by the body in response to injury and certain diseases and conditions, and cause pain, swelling and inflammation. Diclofenac blocks the production of these prostaglandins and is therefore effective at reducing inflammation and pain.
These tablets may cause dizziness, drowsiness or visual disturbances and so may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery safely. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine affects you and you are sure it won't affect your performance.
These tablets can mask the signs and symptoms of infection, such as fever and inflammation. This may make you think mistakenly that an infection is getting better when it isn't, or that an infection is less serious than it is. For this reason you should tell your doctor if you get an infection while you are taking these tablets.
NSAIDs can occasionally cause serious side effects on the gut, such as ulceration, bleeding or perforation of the stomach or intestinal lining. This type of side effect is more likely to occur in elderly people and in people taking high doses of the medicine.
If you are worried about the side effects of these tablets then you could try Voltoral Emugel. This gel contains the same active ingredient Disclofenac, but the you rub the gel into your skin so you may get the same pain relieving effect without the side effects associated with taking the tablets orally. Just a thought.
These tablets work well for me, I always have then in our medicine cabinet.
I have used Voltarol Gel now and again and I get roped into rubbing it into Hubby's back as he tend to have a sore back every now and again. Although this brand and gel doesn't give the nice Heat that Deep Heat does, I find that the brand seems to work well and when I found these tablets for sale then I thought they were worth a try. Although I tend to just use cheaper brands of tablets, I do like to have the occassional stronger tablets in the house just in case.
This pack has 18 tablets in it, and the last time I bought these they were on a Rollback Offer in Asda for £4. Perhaps quite expensive, but were they worth it?
It is recommended that you take 1 or 2 of these tablets every 6 hours as they are meant to keep working all that time, so not the same as the "take 2 tablets every 4 hours".
These tablets are more aimed at Muscle pain as all the Voltarol products seem to get to work right into the bones and muscles and deal with the pain within.
Do these work? Yes, they are very good. They seem to work fast, and seem to soak into the Pain rpetty quick, but also linger around and sooth the pain as well, if that makes sense. It is more a Sore Back or perhaps a sore Shoulder that we have that ache for this kind of tablet, and they do great.
They do seem to last a good lenght of time as well, and I didn't feel this wearing off after a couple of hours.
I would recommend these as a stronger type of painkiller that is great for Sore Bones. Worth the extra money.
Okay, so why do I use diclofenac? I use it because I have arthritis, but I am only 15 and have being using this for many years, so I thought that I should review it from the point of view of a child (especially when I used to be a lot smaller). So, to start off, I used to use the version of this which you would tale by dissolving a tablet into a drink and then consuming it, but I felt that this caused me a big hassle, especially if I was out, because I need to take it very soon after the sport I do, to prevent my muscles from tightening up with 5-10 minutes. And that was what brought me onto this type that I am reviewing here, the tablets which you swallow by themselves (or with a drink if you prefer), although I must say, never, ever bite into these tablets, they sting the inside of your mouth exceptionally badly, as I learnt on my first try!
However, don't be fooled, these tablets can do much more than just preventing muscle tightening up after sport, these can help to stop the pain from muscle pain, tooth-ache, headaches, and other nagging pains. They are very versatile, and for this reason they get a big tick in my tick box, they are very useful and handy to have.
Now, i will talk about actually how good they are. We all know that anyone can claim anything, but do they actually work? Or is it just a clever trick? Well, there are positive and negative points for these tablets within this category. The pain relief that they give is very, very good indeed, and so they are very useful in the case of sharp pains, that just require some quick relief. But, the negative point is that, in my opinion, the pain relief does not last long enough. You are meant to only take these every 4 hours or so, but often the relief does not start until the 45-60 minute stage, and then is often gone after 2 hours-2 hours 30 minutes. This is an annoyance, because it means that there is a 1 hour-1 hour 30 minute pain gap, that these do not provide relief for.
Finally, in the way of side-effects, i have not noticed all that many, except for them sometimes making me feel slightly off. However, this was more a problem when i was smaller, and now that i am nearly fully grown this does not cause such problems, and so the case will most-likely be the same for most other users, especially for most people on Ciao (mostly adults).
Okay, so that's my review done for the diclofenac for now. I hope that it has helped you and that you have been partially entertained (well, its only a drug, how entertaining can its review really be?!) And I would have to say that i would recommend this for the sharp pains, but it's no marathon winner, and so for the long-lasting pains this is maybe not quite what you are looking for. Ciao!
PS, i think that these are the ones i know, although i have used different ones in the past. I hope i am correct.
As anyone will know who have read many of my reviews previously, I have suffered with a prolapsed disc last year, for which I received surgery in May 2009. The surgery was fantastic and I regard it to be a resounding success, although from time to time I still suffer some comparatively minor back pain, not helped by my job as a nurse! I have found that the best way to deal with this pain is to hit it head in as soon as it starts to raise it's ugly head......and so I like to have an assortment of pain killers and muscle relaxants to take as soon as the pain starts to kick in.
Diclofenac Sodium, commonly known by it's brand name Voltarol, is a analgesic and muscle relaxant intended for moderate pain. It is a drug that has been available on prescription for many years, but it is only very recently that it has been available over the counter without a prescription. For many of us, this has been a long overdue and a very welcome intervention because it gives me peace if mind to just have some Voltarol in the cupboard without having to drag myself to my GP every time I get a twinge.
Voltarol Pain-eze is a brand name for Diclofenac Pottassium that you can buy over the counter. Each box contains 18 tablets and costs £5.60 from my local Lloyds chemist. Each tablet contains 12.5 mg of Diclofenac Pottassium - and it is recommended that you take 1-2 tablets every six hours. However, one drawback of buying this tablets over the counter is that usually your doctor will prescribe someone suffering from muscular pain between 50 mg - 75 mg (8 - 12 hourly). There is obviously quite a big difference between the otc recommendation and the prescribed dose - and I know for my own pain levels that 25 Mgs just isn't enough. Therefore if I wanted to take my normal 50 mgs dose, this involves taking 4 tablets as opposed to just 1 tablet if I get it on prescription. In addition to this, if you are planning to take Voltarol for more than a few days, it actually works out a lot cheaper to pay a £7.20 prescription charge than pay out for a couple of packets of the Voltarol-eze.
Having taken the Voltarol-eze several times, I know that they work well to reduce pain and inflammation - although as stated previously, I have had to take a slightly higher dose than that recommended on the package. Voltarol does have some potential side effects, particularly side effects associated with stomach disorders, but luckily I have never suffered any side effects whatsoever. I am always careful to take these tablets with water, as recommended, simply because I am aware of other people who have suffered from vomiting and gastric reflux when taken on an empty stomach.
I do recommend Voltarol-eze for moderate muscle related pain - although would recommend that if the pain is not eased by the 25 mg dose, that you seek advice from your doctor. There are a whole range of contraindications with this drug and so if you haven't taken Voltarol before, it's probably an idea to have a chat with your pharmacist about it.
I can hardly accept that I am not able to do something that depends only on me... I started exercising on my treadmill for an hour every day. I had no muscle pain at all. Then I switched to jogging outside. Despite my sports advisor's warning I went jogging every day... After the first day I felt wonderful then I had muscle pain after the second day. Usually I don't take pills for muscle pain just Calcium and Magnesium tablets as they help the recovery of the muscles.
I kept jogging for about two weeks on a daily basis. I jog about 2.6 miles which is not much but after a day with two kids I find it enough. So after two weeks I felt such a pain in my knees that I could hardly walk. I switched to swimming and the cool water helped to ease my pain for a couple of hours. I could hardly walk but my sons' bedroom is upstairs and the real problems started when I had to go upstairs to them. I cannot describe the pain I felt when I had to come down. I asked my husband to buy me Voltarol Pain-eze Tablets as I have tried these previously in Hungary and I knew they work. I tried a pain killer spray in the beginning but it didn't work. I had a painkiller gel as well which worked only for half an hour or so. I needed something more effective as I had to take care of the kids.
Voltarol Pain-eze tablets are available in pharmacies over the counter. The box contains 18 tablets and they are for 5-6 pounds depending on where you buy them. Mine is from Tesco pharmacy. The box says that these tablets are for body pain, joint pain and muscle aches. It is an effective pain and inflammation reliever. This was exactly what I needed. It helped me in a couple of days so I returned to jogging. However nowadays I jog every second day and I'm wearing knee support. The other days I go out swimming as I love swimming too.
Voltarol Pain-eze tablets contain diclofenac which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine. These tablets not only relieve the pain but also reduce inflammation and fever. Each tablet contains 12.5 mg diclofenac potassium.
These tablets cannot be taken if you are pregnant or you are breast feeding, allergic to diclofenac, have ever had a stomach ulcer, or you take other anti-inflammatory pain reliever.
The tablets are small oval pills and it is easy to swallow them with water. There is a very detailed information leaflet enclosed in the box which recommends two tablets when the symptoms appear then you can continue with 1-2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours. The maximum is 6 tablets per day and you shouldn't use it longer than 3 days. I took only one tablet a day and it helped me in 4 days.
I am not sensitive to any medicine so I had no side effects at all but according to the information leaflet the side effects can be: stomach pain, pain in the gut, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, headache, dizziness, vertigo, skin rash and change in liver function. It doesn't sound good, I am glad I haven't experienced any of these.
If you haven't tried it yet I recommend talking to your pharmacist before you buy these tablets. I found them really effective. Novartis made a really good medicine to relive the pain and reduce inflammation.
Voltarol Pain-eze Tablets provide effective pain relief from: Muscular and joint pain, back ache, period pain, headache and dental pain / -Fever / -Symptoms of colds and flu (including fever).