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Diclofenac Topical Dosage

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 4, 2023.

Applies to the following strengths: 1%; 1.3%; 3%; 1.5%; 2%; 1.6%

Usual Adult Dose for:

Usual Pediatric Dose for:

Additional dosage information:

Usual Adult Dose for Actinic Keratosis

3% Topical Gel:


Comments:

Use: For the topical treatment of actinic keratosis

Usual Adult Dose for Osteoarthritis

1% Topical Gel:
Lower Extremities including feet, ankles, or knees:

Upper Extremities including hands, wrists, or elbow:
Maximum dose: 32 g/day over all affected joints

1.5% Topical Solution:

2% Topical Solution:

Comments:

Use: For the relief of signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Usual Adult Dose for Pain

1.3% Topical System:


Comments:

Use: For the topical treatment of acute pain due to minor strains, sprains, and contusions.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Pain

1.3% Topical System:

6 years or older:


Comments:

Use: For the topical treatment of acute pain due to minor strains, sprains, and contusions.

Renal Dose Adjustments

Advanced renal disease: Avoid use unless benefit is expected to outweigh risk of worsening renal function

Liver Dose Adjustments

Discontinue if liver disease develops, if abnormal liver tests persist or worsen, or if systemic manifestations occur (e.g., eosinophilia, rash, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dark urine, etc.)

Dose Adjustments

Elderly patients may require lower doses due to increased risk for adverse effects and increased likelihood of concomitant cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, hepatic and/or renal dysfunctions.

Precautions

US BOXED WARNINGS: RISK OF SERIOUS CARDIOVASCULAR AND GASTROINTESTINAL EVENTS:


Safety and efficacy of topical system have not been established in patients younger than 6 years.
Safety and efficacy of topical gel and topical solution have not been established in patients younger than 18 years.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

Data not available

Other Comments

Administration Advice:
For Topical Administration Only


1% Topical Gel:

3% Topical Gel:

1.5% Topical Solution:

2% Topical Solutions:

1.3% Topical System

Storage Requirements:

General:

Monitoring:

Patient Advice:

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.