Voltarol 12 hour Gel
  • Voltarol 12 hour Gel

Voltarol 12 hour Gel

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Medication features

  • Twice a day treatment 
  • Diclofenac 2.32% strength
  • Apply directly to the affected area


Buy Voltarol 12 Hour Gel Online

You can buy Voltarol 12 Hour Gel from our UK registered online pharmacy. Please read the associated information about this medication to make sure it's safe for you. You can then place your order.  

After you complete a quick assessment form, our pharmacists can then review your order. If approved, your order will be dispatched to your chosen address. If for any reason your order is not approved, a full refund is issued.

Voltarol 12 Hour Gel 100g and 50g pack sizes are available to order from our online pharmacy. We regularly check competitor Voltarol gel prices to make sure that we provide competitive Voltarol prices in the UK for our patients. 

What is Voltarol 12 Hour Gel?

The gel is used to provide long lasting relief from pain and inflammation. It helps to relieve pain and reduce inflammation and swelling in various conditions affecting the muscles and joints.

The gel can be used for sports injuries, sprains, strains, aches and bruises. It can also be used to treat tendonitis, like tennis elbow. People also use Voltarol for knee pain and backache.

The gel contains the active ingredient diclofenac.

It may be called Voltarol 12 Hour Emulgel P 2.32% Gel or Voltarol 12 Hour Joint Pain Relief 2.32% Gel.

How does Voltarol work? 

The active ingredient, diclofenac, belongs to a group of medicines known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). This group of drugs includes ibuprofen and naproxen. This group of drugs work by targeting pain and inflammation.

Diclofenac works by penetrating the skin, reaching inflamed areas (such as joints) and reducing inflammation and pain. The gel is a topical preparation which means it is particularly useful because it can be applied directly to the affected area of pain.

Is Voltarol joint pain relief gel effective?

The gel has been shown to reduce swelling, relieve pain, and shorten the time it takes to return to normal function (with sprains for example). One study looking at ankle sprains found that Voltarol significantly improved pain when moving after three days of treatment, compared to placebo. The study also found that ankle joint function was improved within 3 days of starting treatment.

What alternatives are there to Voltarol gel?

Paracetamol tablets can be taken alongside Voltarol gel to help relieve pain. However, you should not use this medicine with other NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen. If you find that Voltarol isn’t effective for you, you can try other topical treatments instead like ibuprofen gel, Movelat gel or Flexiseq gel.


What painkiller is in Voltarol?

The gel contains the active ingredient diclofenac. This works as both a painkiller and anti-inflammatory medicine. 

Is Fenbid Gel the same as Voltarol?

Fenbid Gel contains the active ingredient ibuprofen and isn’t the same as Voltarol. However, both gels belong to the same group of medicines and work in a similar way.

How quickly does Voltarol work?

You should apply the gel for several days to see if it’s effective for you. You should start to notice an effect within 1 or 2 days of using it. 

Can you buy Voltarol gel in the UK over the counter?

There are several products sold by Voltarol in the UK. You can buy some of these over the counter at shops but for some products you need to speak to a pharmacist before buying it. This is the case for most large pack sizes, like Voltarol 100g.

You can buy Voltarol online from our UK registered online pharmacy and our pharmacists can check to make sure it is safe for you to use before your order is delivered to your address. We also offer other popular products like Voltarol Back and Muscle Pain Relief Gel online.

Side Effects

Voltarol Gel Side Effects

All medicines come with the risk of side effects. The most common side effects with this treatment are skin problems at the area the gel is applied. This can cause side effects like a skin rash, itching, and reddening of the skin. These side effects will usually be mild and harmless.

If you notice any other side effects, or experience severe side effects, consult your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice. You can see a complete list of side effects in the patient information leaflet.


Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.


How to use Voltarol 12 Hour Gel

The gel should not be used by children under 14 years old. Before and after applying the gel you should always wash your hands. 

You should apply a small amount of gel to the affected area and slowly rub it into the skin. The amount of gel needed will vary depending on the size of the area of skin you are treating.

The gel can be applied twice a day, preferably in the morning and in the evening.

You should not use this medicine for more than 14 days unless recommended to do so by a doctor. If the pain and swelling doesn’t improve within 7 days, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice.



This medicine should not be used by anyone under the age of 14 years old. Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to diclofenac, any of the ingredients in the gel, or any other NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen. The gel should not be applied to broken skin, skin that has a rash or open wounds and cuts. 

If you are pregnant, or have new joint pain that isn’t from an injury, you should speak to your doctor before trying this medicine.


Voltarol 12 Hour Gel Ingredients 

Active ingredient: Diclofenac diethylammonium.

See the patient information leaflet for the complete ingredient list.

Voltarol 2.32% 100g and 50g pack sizes are available. It is also known as Voltarol Emulgel 100g.

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