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Generic: diclofenac topical
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The 1% skin gel is used to treat osteoarthritis of the hands or knees
               



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What is this medicine?

DICLOFENAC (dye KLOE fen ak) is a non- steroidal anti- inflammatory drug (NSAID). The 1% skin gel is used to treat osteoarthritis of the hands or knees. The 3% skin gel is used to treat actinic keratosis.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma
  • bleeding problems
  • coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery within the past 2 weeks
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • if you frequently drink alcohol containing drinks
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • open or infected skin
  • stomach problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to diclofenac, aspirin, other NSAIDs, other medicines, benzyl alcohol (3% gel only), foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill of the 1% gel. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. The 3% gel is not approved for use in children.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • aspirin
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen

Do not use any other skin products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

               
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