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Motusol gel

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 3 minutes read

Motusol gel is a highly effective treatment option for individuals seeking relief from pain and inflammation. It contains diclofenac, a potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medication. The gel has two strengths: 1.16% and 2.32% (Motusol Max). While the higher-strength gel is recommended for application twice a day (morning and evening), the lower-strength formulation can be applied three to four times daily. It is noteworthy that Motusol gel bears similarities to Voltarol gel, another diclofenac-containing product available in the same strengths. 

Who is it for?

Motusol gel is specifically designed for individuals who have previously tried rub-on gels such as ibuprofen but still experience persistent pain. It is important to note that Motusol gel should be used as an alternative to ibuprofen gel, rather than in conjunction with it. The gel is particularly effective in relieving pain caused by sprains and strains. Depending on personal preference and convenience, the frequency of application can be adjusted based on the chosen strength. The 2.32% strength allows for twice-daily application, while the lower-strength gel can be applied three to four times a day. 

How does it work?

Diclofenac, the active ingredient in Motusol gel, belongs to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) family, which includes aspirin and naproxen. Therefore, it should not be used concomitantly with other NSAIDs. The anti-inflammatory effect of diclofenac is achieved by inhibiting the production of substances called prostaglandins, which are released in response to illness or injury. Prostaglandins are responsible for signalling pain and inflammation as a part of the body's defence mechanism. By blocking prostaglandin production, NSAIDs can effectively alleviate pain and inflammation.

Should anyone avoid Motusol gel?

As with any medication, certain precautions and contraindications should be considered before using Motusol gel. 

Allergic Reactions: If you have previously experienced an allergic reaction to diclofenac or any other NSAID, it is advisable to avoid using Motusol gel. 

Severe Kidney or Liver Problems: Individuals with severe kidney or liver problems should refrain from using the medication. 

Medication Interactions and Medical Conditions: Prior consultation with a healthcare professional is recommended if you are currently taking other medications or have underlying medical conditions. It is particularly important to discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before initiating diclofenac usage. 

Age Limitations: Motusol gel is not suitable for children under the age of fourteen. 

Pregnancy and Asthma: Pregnant individuals or those attempting to conceive should avoid using Motusol gel due to insufficient safety data during pregnancy. Additionally, individuals with asthma who have not previously used anti-inflammatories should exercise caution, as these medications may trigger acute asthma attacks.  

Known Stomach Ulcer or Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Unless specifically recommended by a doctor, individuals with a known stomach ulcer or inflammatory bowel disease should avoid using the medication. 

Are there any side effects?

As with any medication, some individuals may experience side effects while using Motusol gel. Common side effects may include skin redness, itching, and inflammation. If you have any concerns regarding potential side effects, it is advisable to consult your doctor or pharmacist. 

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
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Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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