Fastum Gel contains a medicine called ketoprofen. Fastum Gel belongs to a group of medicines called NonSteroidal Anti- Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). These reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Fastum Gel is used to relieve the pain of soft tissue injuries, and acute strains and sprains. Fastum Gel should
only be used by adults and children over 12 years of age.
What you need to know bbefore you use Fastum gel
Do not use Fastum Gel:
If you are allergic to ketoprofen or to any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6)
If you are allergic to UV blockers (sun creams) or perfumes
If you are allergic to aspirin, other NSAIDs (eg ibuprofen) or any medicines for pain relief or inflammation
including tiaprofenic acid. Signs of an allergic reaction include wheezing (asthma), runny nose (rhinitis) or
an itchy rash (hives)
If you are allergic to fenofibrate (a medicine used to lower blood cholesterol)
If you intend to use it on skin conditions such as eczema or acne, an open or infected wound, abscess, ulcer
If the area to be treated is near the eyes
If you are pregnant (see pregnancy and breast-feeding section).
Stop using Fastum Gel immediately if you experience any skin reaction including reactions after co-application
with octocrylene containing products (octocrylene is an ingredient used in several cosmetic and hygiene products
such as shampoo, after-shave, shower and bath gels, skin creams, lipsticks, anti-ageing creams, make-up
removers and hair sprays in order to delay product breakdown due to sunlight).
Protect your skin from sunlight even on a bright but cloudy day. Do not use sunbeds.
This applies during treatment and for two weeks after stopping.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before using Fastum Gel:
If you have heart, liver or kidney problems.
The use of large amounts of Fastum Gel may give rise to side effects such as hypersensitivity and asthma.
Exposure to the sun (even hazy) or to UV from a sunbed or solarium of areas treated with Fastum Gel can
induce potentially serious skin reactions (photosensitisation). Therefore it is necessary to:
o Protect treated areas by wearing clothing during treatment and for two weeks following its
discontinuation to avoid any risk of photosensitisation.
o Wash your hands thoroughly after each application of Fastum Gel.
Treatment should be discontinued immediately upon development of any skin reaction such as rash after
application of Fastum Gel.
Avoid direct sunlight and solarium (sunbeds) during and for 2 weeks after treatment.
Do not exceed the recommended length of treatment.
Do not use near mucous membranes (eg lips, vagina).
If you have asthma as well as a persistent runny nose, sinusitis or nasal polyps, you may have a higher risk
of being allergic to aspirin or similar medicines than other people.
Children and adolescents
The safety and efficacy of Fastum Gel in children has not been established.
Other medicines and Fastum Gel
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, e.g. oral
anticoagulants (blood thinning medicines).
Fastum Gel with food, drink and alcohol
No known effects
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Fastum Gel should not affect your ability to drive and use machinery.
3. How to use Fastum gel
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor if you are not sure.
How to apply Fastum Gel
It is important to use Fastum Gel as directed:
tube: unscrew the cap and pierce the aluminium seal with the point in the top of the cap.
Apply a length of gel 5-10 cm (2-4 inches) long to the skin of the affected area two or three times daily.
pump dispenser: when using the pump dispenser for the first time, press the top of the dispenser several
How and where to use Fastum Gel
Fastum Gel is for external use only
Gently massage the gel on the area you need to treat
Wash your hands immediately after use
Do not apply Fastum Gel to sore, broken or infected skin
Do not use Fastum Gel near the eyes, mouth, nostrils, anal and genital regions
Stop using Fastum Gel if you get a rash, itchy or sensitive skin after use
Do not use with an air-tight or water-tight dressing (i.e. do not bandage, wrap, or cover the area with a
Do not use too much of this medicine.
Protection from the sun and sunbeds
Do not expose the skin that has been treated with Fastum Gel to direct sunlight or sunbeds during treatment
or for the following 2 weeks.