Last updated on September 29, 2023
Diclac 5% is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent, which is used for topical pain relief in painful and inflammatory conditions of soft tissues in adults and adolescents over the age of 14.
Uses and active ingredients
For topical use in pain, inflammation and edema in: rheumatic diseases of soft tissues (inflammation of tendons and ligaments – tendinitis, tendinaginitis and bursitis, painful motion of the shoulder, inflammation of the muscles and joints); degenerative joint diseases (osteoarthritis of the large and small joints) of the limbs and in the spine; sports and domestic injuries (sprains, injuries, stretching).
Composition. What Diclac 5% contains. – The active ingredient is diclofenac sodium. – The other excipients include isopropyl alcohol, hypromellose, macrogol glycerol cocoate, purified water
How to use Diclac 5%
Adults and adolescents over the age of 14
Gently squeeze a small amount of gel out of the tube and apply it onto the painful or swollen area twice a
day by slowly rubbing it into the skin.
The necessary amount depends on the extent of the painful or swollen area. For example, 2–4 g of
diclofenac gel (a cherry-sized amount to a walnut-sized amount) is sufficient for treating a surface area of
about 400–800 sq.cm. Avoid use on large areas of skin and for an extended period, unless directed to do so
by your doctor.
Two applications must be at least four hours apart. Do not apply the gel for more than 4 times in 24 hours.
Do not use Diclac 5% gel for over two weeks without advising with your doctor.
If Diclac 5% gel is needed for more than 7 days in adolescents over 14 years of age, or if symptoms
worsen, a doctor should be consulted. Ask advice from your doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse.
Method of application
Remove the tube from the box. Break the protective membrane on the tube with the sharp end of the cap
before first use. Do not use if the protective membrane is damaged.
The gel is for external use only. Do not use in the mouth, notify your doctor at once after accidental
Make sure not to get the gel into the eyes or on the mucous membranes.
If that happens, rinse your eyes with clean water. Turn to your doctor or pharmacist if discomfort persists.
Do not apply the gel onto wounds or damaged areas of skin. Do not use airtight bandages or pressure bandages after applying the gel. The gel can be used with ordinary bandages.
You may feel a slight cooling sensation when applying the gel.
Wash your hands after using Diclac 5% gel, unless the area being treated is your hands. Screw the cap back on.
If you use more Diclac 5% than you should
Overdosing is unlikely if Diclac gel 5% is used on the skin. However, turn to your doctor or go to the
emergency medicine department if you or your child accidentally ingests Diclac 5% gel. Take the package
with you to show it to your doctor.
Storage. Do not store at a temperature higher than 25°C/77°F. Keep out of the sight and reach of children. Do not use after the expiry date which is stated on the package. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not use Diclac 5%
– if you are allergic to the active ingredient or any of the other ingredients of this medicine;
– if acetylsalicylic acid, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents cause asthma attacks or episodes of urticaria or acute rhinitis for you:
– during the last trimester of pregnancy
– if you are younger than 14 years of age.
Warnings and precautions. General recommendations:
– if you are planning to use the medicine on larger areas of skin for a longer period, read the leaflets for systemic diclofenac preparations.
– Diclac 5% gel can only be applied to undamaged skin (with no open wounds or injuries). You should avoid the medicine from getting into the eyes or onto mucous membranes and ingesting the gel.
Do not apply the gel onto skin which has a rash, eczema or wounds. If a rash develops after application of this medicine, stop the treatment.
The picture is for illustration only. The packaging can be changed by the manufacturer. All packs include English informational leaflet.