Voltaren Extra Strength Pain Relief 2.32% Diclofenac Gel packshot

Voltaren Emulgel Extra Strength

Voltaren Emulgel Extra Strength persists in the joint to fight pain and inflammation. You can go 12 hours between treatment applications. Voltaren Emulgel Extra Strength is available in three sizes: 30g, 60g and 100g.

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How it works

Voltaren Emulgel Extra Strength contains the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), diclofenac diethylamine. Diclofenac diethylamine works to relieve pain and reduce inflammation (swelling). The technology in Voltaren Emulgel Extra Strength helps the gel to penetrate deeply into the skin to deliver diclofenac diethylamine to the site of pain. Voltaren Emulgel Extra Strength can be applied twice daily (morning and evening). The gel is absorbed through the skin and creates a reservoir of diclofenac diethylamine within the skin when applied regularly*, from where the drug is released slowly over the course of time for the relief of pain and inflammation.

*As per instruction

How to use it

1. To remove the security seal before first use, remove the cap off the tube.

2. Firmly insert the star-shaped groove located on the reverse side of the cap into the star-shaped security seal of the tube.

3. Firmly turn the cap to remove the security seal from the tube.

4. Measure the amount of the gel using the dosing card and then gently apply to the affected area, slowly rubbing into the skin. You may notice a slight cooling effect when you rub the gel in.

5. After use, place the cap back on the tube and store in an upright position

6. After application wipe your hands with a tissue and then wash to avoid accidental contact with the mouth and eyes. The tissue should be thrown in the trash after use.

7. Wait until Voltaren Emulgel Extra Strength dries before showering or bathing.


Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater (e.g. toilet or sink). Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.


Usual dose: 

For adults between 18 to 65 years (extra strength): 

  • Apply 2 g of gel 2 times a day (morning and evening) on the affected area. 
  • The amount of gel applied (2 g for each application) should be measured using the dosing card supplied in the product carton. For each application the gel should be squeezed from the tube and measured up to the 2 g line on the dosing card. Clean and dry the dosing card after each use.
  •  Do not use more than 4 g per day. 

Use no more than is required for the shortest period of time needed. The gel should not be used for more than 7 days for muscle and joint injuries unless recommended by a doctor. Talk to your doctor if your condition does not improve within 7 days, or if it gets worse. 

Graphic showing action of Voltaren joint pain relief gel when applied to the knee

When to use it

For the relief of pain associated with recent (acute), localized muscle or joint injuries such as sprains, strains or sports injuries (e.g. sprain of ankle, strain of shoulder or back muscles).

Consumer information

1g Voltaren Emulgel Extra Strength contains 23.2mg/g of the active ingredient, diclofenac diethylamine.

Refer to the leaflet for warnings & precautions. Always read the enclosed insert before use to check if this product is suitable for you.

Refer to leaflet for dosage information.

To be sure the product is right for you, always read and follow the label.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is an analgesic?

    Analgesic is the medical term for a pain-killer, a drug that can provide relief from pain.
    Some analgesics stop pain by desensitizing local nerve endings (for example, in the painful joint); others work ‘centrally’ in the parts of the brain where pain is perceived.

  • What is diclofenac diethylamine?

    Diclofenac diethylamine is an analgesic, a medicine that relieves pain. Diclofenac diethylamine belongs to a group of analgesics called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

  • What is an NSAID?

    NSAID is an abbreviation for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. NSAIDs are a group of analgesics that are widely used to relieve pain and inflammation, and include diclofenac diethylamine, ibuprofen and aspirin. NSAIDs reduce the production of prostaglandins, which cause pain and inflammation.

  • Is Voltaren Extra Strength a type of heat rub?

    Voltaren Extra Strength works differently. It is a medicated gel containing a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ingredient, which penetrates the skin to provide local relief of pain and inflammation.

  • How long should I use Voltaren Emulgel Extra Strength?

    Voltaren Emulgel Extra Strength is for temporary pain relief.
    The gel should not be used for more than 7 days for muscle and joint injuries unless recommended by a doctor. Talk to your doctor if your condition does not improve within 7 days, or if it gets worse.

Health, wellness & your pain

Pain is rarely just physical nor is it always solved by taking medicine alone. Voltaren is your ally in helping you take more control of your pain journey, from the way to sleep, to what you eat, mental wellbeing and complementary pain relief therapies.