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Diclofenac gel

Pronunciation

Generic Name: diclofenac (dye-KLOE-fen-ak)
Brand Name: Solaraze

Diclofenac gel is used for:

Treating actinic keratoses, a precancerous skin growth usually caused by sun exposure. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Diclofenac gel is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The way diclofenac gel works to treat actinic keratoses is not fully understood.

Do NOT use diclofenac gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in diclofenac gel, including benzyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol, or hyaluronate sodium

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using diclofenac gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with diclofenac gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, a severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to aspirin or an NSAID (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib)
  • if you have growths in the nose (nasal polyps), kidney or liver problems, the blood disease porphyria, asthma, or stomach or bowel ulcers or bleeding

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with diclofenac gel. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Aspirin or NSAIDs (eg, ibuprofen) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by diclofenac gel

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if diclofenac gel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use diclofenac gel:

Use diclofenac gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Make sure you use enough medicine to cover the entire treated area.
  • Do not cover the skin being treated with bandages, dressings, or wraps, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Unless you are treating your hands, wash your hands with soap and water after applying diclofenac gel to remove any medicine on the hands.
  • Do not apply diclofenac gel to open skin wounds or infected skin. Do not apply to red or irritated skin without first checking with your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of diclofenac gel, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use diclofenac gel.

Important safety information:

  • Diclofenac gel is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get diclofenac gel in any of these areas, rinse well with cool tap water.
  • Diclofenac gel has diclofenac in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has diclofenac or another NSAID (eg, ibuprofen) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths while you are using diclofenac gel. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Improvement of your condition may not be obvious for up to 30 days after you stop using diclofenac gel. If no improvement is seen, contact your doctor.
  • Do not use other skin products (eg, cosmetics, lotions, sunscreens) on the treated area without checking with your doctor.
  • Diclofenac gel should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using diclofenac gel while you are pregnant. Diclofenac gel is not recommended during the last 3 months of pregnancy. It may cause harm to the fetus. It is not known if diclofenac gel is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking diclofenac gel.

Possible side effects of diclofenac gel:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dry skin; flu-like symptoms; peeling, scaling, or flaking of the skin.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); abnormal skin sensations; chest pain; eye redness or swelling (conjunctivitis); inflammation, swelling, or severe irritation of the skin; muscle pain; open sores on the skin (ulcers); shortness of breath.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include decreased urination; seizures; stomach irritation; trouble breathing.

Proper storage of diclofenac gel:

Store diclofenac gel at controlled room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Avoid freezing. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep diclofenac gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about diclofenac gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Diclofenac gel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take diclofenac gel or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about diclofenac gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to diclofenac gel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using diclofenac gel.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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