What you need to know before you use the Olfen patch Do not use the OLFEN patch:
– if you are allergic to diclofenac or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6);
– if you are hypersensitive (allergic) to any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as acetylsalicylic acid or ibuprofen);
– if you have previously suffered from asthma, swelling of the skin or nasal mucosa due to acetylsalicylic acid or any other NSAID;
– in the case of acute peptic ulcer;
– on damaged skin (e.g. on superficial injuries, cuts, burns), infected skin lesions or eczema;
– during the third trimester of pregnancy.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using the Olfen patch.
– Patients that have or have had bronchial asthma or allergy may develop a bronchospasm that hinders breathing.
– If a skin rash appears after applying the patch, it must be removed and the treatment must be stopped immediately.
– The patch should be used with caution in patients with renal, cardiac or hepatic impairment, peptic ulcer, inflammation of the intestine and haemorrhagic diathesis.
To relieve symptoms, use the minimum effective dose for the shortest possible time.
– Ask your doctor for advice, if symptoms persist for more than 3 days.
– The transdermal patch must not come into contact with the eyes or mucous membranes.
– Take special care when using the Olfen patch in elderly patients, as they are more susceptible to side effects.
To reduce the risk of photosensitivity (sensitivity to light), the patient may not be exposed to sunlight or solarium light for about a day after removing the transdermal patch.
Other medicines and the Olfen patch
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any medicines.
If you use the Olfen patch correctly, a very small quantity of diclofenac is absorbed in the Therefore, the side effects that may occur by oral administration of diclofenac are unlikely to when using the patch.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
In the first and second trimester of pregnancy, the Olfen patch may only be used after consulting a doctor.
The OLFEN patch may not be used in the third trimester, as the risk of complications increases to both mother and child (see section “Do not use the Olfen patch”).
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using the medicine.
A minimum quantity of diclofenac is excreted in breast milk. As its adverse effects on the infant are unknown, breast-feeding does not have to be stopped in the case of short-term use of the Olfen patch. Nevertheless, do not use the Olfen patch on the chest area.
Driving and using machines
The Olfen patch does not have or has a negligible effect on the ability to drive and use machines.
The Olfen patch contains propylene and dibutylhydroxytoluene
Propylene may cause skin irritation. Dibutylhydroxytoluene may cause topical skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis) or irritation of the eyes and mucous membranes.
How to use the Olfen patch
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is:
A transdermal patch is placed in the area to be treated twice a day: in the morning and in the evening. The maximum daily dose is 2 transdermal patches, even if more than one affected area needs treatment. Only one affected area is treated at a time.
Use in children and adolescents
The use and safety of the Olfen patch in children has not been sufficiently studied; therefore, it is not recommended in children or adolescents under the age of 15.
Method of application
Cutaneous use only. Do not swallow!
1. Cut the pack containing the transdermal patch open from the designated place.
2. Take out one patch and reseal the pack carefully by pushing on the resealable strip.
3. Remove the transparent protective cling film from the adhesive surface of the transdermal patch.
4. Place the patch on the sore area.
If necessary, you may cover the patch with an elastic net dressing to keep it in place.
Do not use the transdermal patch with an airtight bandage.
The transdermal patch should not be divided into parts.
Used patches should be folded so that the adhesive surface remains inside.
Duration of treatment
Do not use the Olfen patch for more than 3 days without a doctor’s consent. Ask your doctor for advice about the long-term use of this medicine. The duration of treatment must not exceed 7 days.
If you feel that the effect of Olfen patch is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you use more Olfen patches than you should
Please tell your doctor if the listed side effects occur due to the inappropriate use or overdose of the Olfen patch (for example, in children). The doctor is able to decide on the severity of poisoning and recommend measures to be implemented, if necessary.
If you forget to use the Olfen patch
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store the Olfen patch
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store at a temperature higher than 25 °C.
After the initial opening, the patches are suitable for use:
– 4 months in a tightly sealed mini-grip, if not stored at a temperature higher than 25 °C;
– 6 months in a tightly sealed mini-grip, if stored in a refrigerator (2-8 °C).
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact your doctor.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please contact your General Practitioner if appropriate regarding this product.
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