Diclofenac (On the skin)
Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and other symptoms of arthritis of the joints (eg, osteoarthritis), such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. However, this medicine does not cure osteoarthritis and will help you only as long as you continue to use it.
Diclofenac topical solution is used to treat pain and swelling caused by osteoarthritis of the knees.
Diclofenac topical patch is used to treat acute pain caused by minor strains, sprains, and contusions (bruises).
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Use your medicine as directed. There are several brands of this medicine. Make sure you understand how to use the brand you have been prescribed. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
The Voltaren® gel comes with a dosing card to measure the correct dose. If you do not receive or misplace your dosing card, call your pharmacist to ask for a new one.
Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
Do not shower, bathe, or wash the affected area for at least 30 minutes after you apply Pennsaid® or Solaraze® or 1 hour after you apply Voltaren®.
Wait until the medicine dries before you cover the treated skin with gloves or clothing. Do not let the treated skin touch any other person’s skin until the medicine is completely dry.
Do not use external heat or bandages on the treated skin or joint.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Missed dose: Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some foods and medicines can affect how diclofenac works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Acetaminophen, cyclosporine, lithium, methotrexate Another NSAID medicine (such as aspirin, celecoxib, ibuprofen, naproxen) Blood thinner (such as warfarin) Blood pressure medicine A diuretic (water pill) Steroids (hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisone, prednisolone, dexamethasone)
Do not put cosmetics or skin care products on the treated skin. You may use sunscreen, insect repellant, lotion, or other topical medicines after using Pennsaid®. However, wait until the medicine is completely dry before you apply anything else.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use if you had an allergic reaction to diclofenac, aspirin, or another NSAID medicine.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, asthma, bleeding problems, heart failure, high blood pressure, other heart or circulation problems, or a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Higher risk of blood clot, heart attack, or stroke Bleeding in your stomach or intestines Liver problems Kidney problems Serious skin reactions
This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunscreen. Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Bloody or black, tarry stools, severe stomach pain, vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
Change in how much or how often you urinate
Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Dry, flaky, or scaly skin
Mild skin rash, itching, or redness
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
DermacinRx Lexitral PharmaPak, Flector, Pennsaid, Rexaphenac, Solaraze, Voltaren, Voltaren Gel, Xrylix
There may be other brand names for this medicine.