Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Voltaren Emulgel® with answers to some popular questions.

What is Voltaren Emulgel®?

Boxes of Voltaren Emulgel® Original, Extra Strength and Joint Pain.Voltaren Emulgel® is a topical pain medicine containing diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that treats pain and inflammation. It is clinically proven to effectively relieve pain associated with recent or acute localized muscle and joint injuries. It is the #1 selling topical pain reliever in Canada and comes in 3 products: Voltaren Emulgel® Original, Voltaren Emulgel® Joint Pain, and Voltaren Emulgel® Extra Strength.

How does Voltaren Emulgel® work?

Voltaren Emulgel®, a topical treatment, releases the active ingredient, diclofenac, deep below the skin’s surface—into the dermal and subdermal layers and concentrates in the underlying tissues and synovial fluid in the joints.

How do you apply Voltaren Emulgel®?

  • When using for the first time, reverse the cap, engage with the nozzle, twist and remove the seal from the tube.
  • Gently rub a small amount of gel into the skin around painful or swollen areas. The amount needed depends on the size of the painful areas.
  • After applying the product to the affected area, the hands should be washed unless they are the site being treated.
  • Follow the directions on the carton, insert or tube for detailed directions of use.

How is Voltaren Emulgel® absorbed into the skin?

The Voltaren Emulgel® innovative formula is a unique combination of a gel and cream that has been designed to help the active ingredient, diclofenac, be absorbed through the skin. When applied to the skin, Voltaren Emulgel® quickly penetrates to the tissue and synovial fluid in the joint to get to the source pain.

What is the active ingredient in Voltaren Emulgel®?

Voltaren Emulgel® contains diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Other common NSAIDs are ibuprofen and naproxen.


Diclofenac is one of the most widely used pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory drugs used in the world. It has been used effectively by millions of patients for nearly 40 years as a prescription and non-prescription treatment.

What ingredients are in Voltaren Emulgel®?

Voltaren Emulgel® Original

  • Diclofenac diethylamine gel 1.16%
  • Non-medicinal ingredients
    Carbomer, cocoyl caprylocaprate, diethylamine, isopropyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, macrogol cetostearyl ether, perfume, propylene glycol, water

Voltaren Emulgel® Extra Strength

  • Diclofenac diethylamine gel 2.32%
  • Non-medicinal ingredients
    Butylhydroxytoluene, carbomers, cocoyl caprylocaprate, diethylamine, isopropyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, macrogol cetostearyl ether, oleyl alcohol, perfume, propylene glycol, purified water.

Voltaren Emulgel® Joint Pain

  • Diclofenac diethylamine gel 1.16%
  • Non-medicinal ingredients
    Carbomer, cocoyl caprylocaprate, diethylamine, isopropyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, macrogol cetostearyl ether, perfume, propylene glycol, water.

Is Voltaren Emulgel® safe?

Voltaren Emulgel® is clinically proven to provide effective pain relief and is safe when used as directed. Voltaren Emuglel® has a long history of use and is available in 135 countries worldwide. The targeted pain reliever results in improved motion and function without as many side effects as normally associated with oral analgesic medications.

What warnings are associated with Voltaren Emulgel®?

Do not use the product if you have had an allergic reaction to diclofenac or other medicines used to treat pain, fever, or inflammation, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetylsalicylic acid. Talk to your doctor before use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you are taking oral diclofenac or other medicines used to treat pain, fever or inflammation. Do not apply to skin with conditions such as cuts, open wounds, or on skin that has a rash or eczema. Do not wrap the skin with an airtight or occlusive dressing. Always read and follow the label to ensure this product is right for you.

Is Voltaren Emulgel® a steroid?

No, the active ingredient in Voltaren Emulgel® is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called diclofenac.

Is Voltaren Emulgel® a blood thinner?

No, Voltaren Emulgel® is not a blood thinner. But please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any blood thinners.

Does Voltaren Emulgel® reduce swelling?

Yes, Voltaren Emulgel® is clinically proven to effectively reduce swelling.

Does Voltaren Emulgel® gel work on muscles?

Yes, Voltaren Emulgel® provides relief from pain and inflammation in muscles and joints. Also it’s proven to help speed the body’s natural healing process so you can start to feel better sooner.

Does Voltaren Emulgel® make you sleepy?

No, Voltaren Emulgel® does not cause sleepiness. As with all medications, side effects can occur, so please consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately should you experience any irregular symptoms.