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Voltarol 1.16% Emulgel 100g

Voltarol 1.16% Emulgel (100g)

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Votarol (Diclofenac) Anti-Inflammatory Gel

Voltarol Emulgel is a powerful gel that effectively relieves pain and inflammation at the source to improve the mobility and comfort of the joints in those affected by rheumatic, joint and muscle pain.

Buy Voltarol online today at The Independent Pharmacy quickly and easily without even leaving your home. By answering a few quick medical questions you can get your treatment delivered straight to your door.

Voltarol Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Voltarol Emulgel?

Voltarol Emulgel is a pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory gel formulated to reduce pain and improve mobility of the joints, tendons and muscles. It contains the active ingredient Diclofenac 1%, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has been clinically proven to be as effective as taking oral pain killers including ibuprofen.

This pain-relieving gel is suitable for adults over the age of 18 years for the short-term management of pain and inflammation. If you are continuing to experience pain and/or inflammation after 7 - 14 days of use you should speak to a doctor for advice.


What is Voltarol Emulgel used for?

Voltarol Emulgel is effective at relieving rheumatic, joint, tendon and muscle pain and inflammation, as well as pain, caused by sprains, strains and bruises.

If you are experiencing pain and inflammation and are unsure of the cause it is advisable to speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice before starting any new treatment.


How does Voltarol Emulgel work?

Diclofenac dimethylammonium is the active ingredient in Voltarol Emulgel and is a popular medication used to tackle pain and inflammation. It falls into a category of medicines called NSAIDs and is similar to the more commonly known medication, ibuprofen. 

Voltarol Emulgel targets pain and inflammation directly at its source. When the gel is applied to the skin it is absorbed deep into the tissues where it blocks the production of certain chemicals that are responsible for causing pain and inflammation. 


How quickly does Voltarol Emulgel work?

For sustained pain relief, it is recommended that Voltarol Emulgel is applied every 4 hours, up to four times a day. By regularly applying the gel you will continue to have a therapeutic level of diclofenac in your body that will keep pain and inflammation under control so you can get on and enjoy your day. If you are using this gel to treat osteoarthritis it may take up to 7 days for enough diclofenac to be absorbed to adequately control your pain. 


Alternatives to Voltarol Emulgel

Pain and inflammation can be debilitating and frustrating to live with but the right treatment can help you to move more freely and comfortably. 

Alternative non-prescription treatments include:

If you are finding that you are unable to manage your pain, discomfort and stiffness using non-prescription treatments alone it is recommended that you discuss further treatment options with a doctor or specialist. 

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

How to use Voltarol Emulgel

Voltarol Emulgel is for external use only and should be applied directly to intact, clean skin surrounding painful or inflamed joints, tendons or muscles. It is suitable for children and adults over the age of 14 years. 

Do not apply to more than two joints without first discussing this with your doctor and use the smallest amount of gel to cover the affected area. Do not use this gel for more than 14 days unless you have been advised to do so by your doctor. 

  1. Gently squeeze out a small amount of gel from the tube or press firmly and evenly on the nozzle of the dispenser and apply to the painful or swollen area, slowly rubbing into the skin. 
  2. Apply the gel 3 to 4 times a day. Allow at least 4 hours between applications of the gel. Do not apply more than 4 times in 24 hours.
  3. Wash your hands after use unless your hands are the site being treated. 

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before use.

Voltarol Emulgel side effects

Like all medicines, Voltarol Emulgel can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. 

If you experience any of the following signs of allergy or severe side effects, STOP using Voltarol Emulgel and tell a doctor or pharmacist immediately: 

  • Skin rash with blisters
  • hives. 
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath or feeling of tightness in the chest (asthma) 
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
  • Increased sensitivity to the sun 

The most common side effects are usually mild and transient, these include:

  • Skin rash
  • Itching
  • Reddening 

For full details on reported side effects please read the Patient Information Leaflet.

Voltarol Emulgel ingredients

Active Ingredient: diclofenac diethylammonium (1.16%) equivalent to 1g of diclofenac sodium in each 100g of gel.

Inactive Ingredients: diethylamine, isopropyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, propylene glycol, perfume (containing benzyl benzoate), carbomers, cetomacrogol, cocoyl caprylocaprate, purified water

Voltarol Emulgel warnings.

  • Take care when using this gel alongside other medicines that contain NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or aspirin as this increases your chances of developing side effects.
  • Speak to a doctor or pharmacist before using Voltarol Emulgel if you have or have a history of stomach or duodenal ulcers or have asthma. 
  • Do not smoke or go near naked flames when using this product due to the increased risk of severe burns. Fabric that has been in contact with this product burns more easily and is a serious fire hazard. Washing clothing and bedding may reduce product build-up but not remove it.


Voltarol Emulgel in pregnancy & breastfeeding

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. Voltarol Emulgel must not be used during the last 3 months of pregnancy, as it could harm your unborn child. 

Voltarol Emulgel should only be used under medical advice during breastfeeding as diclofenac passes into breast milk in small amounts.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Scott McDougall


Published on: 21-04-2021

Last modified on: 21-04-2021

Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

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