Find out all you need to know about using Voltaren products when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Pain relief and pregnancy
When you are pregnant and breastfeeding you have to be careful about what medicines you take, as many common drugs are not safe for use during this time. You should always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking medicines when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Can I use Voltaren when pregnant?
The use of Voltaren Emulgel (gel and pump) and Voltaren 12 H gel, which all contain the non-steroidal inflammatory drug (NSAID) diclofenac, has not been studied in pregnant women. Therefore, they should not be used during pregnancy. Voltaren is not recommended to be used during the first two trimesters of pregnancy and shouldn’t be used at all in the third trimester unless prescribed by your doctor.
Did you know?
If you keep active during pregnancy, evidence suggests you are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour.*
Can you take Voltaren when breastfeeding?
It is not known whether diclofenac is excreted in breast milk. Therefore, it is not recommended to use these products while breastfeeding, unless advised by doctor or healthcare professional. If there are compelling reasons for using them, they should not be applied to the breasts or to large areas of skin, nor should they be used for a prolonged period.
**GSK Global Pain Index Research, full report p. 102 (2014)