Diclofenac Gel is used for treating pain in certain joints (e.g., in the knees or hands) caused by osteoarthritis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How to use
Use Diclofenac Gel as directed by your doctor.
Do not apply Diclofenac Gel to infected skin; open wounds; or red, swollen, or peeling skin.
Use the provided dosing card to measure your dose of Diclofenac Gel. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about how to use the dosing card or Diclofenac Gel;
Gently massage Diclofenac Gel into the skin of the affected area. Allow the medicine to dry for at least 10 minutes before you wear clothes or gloves over the treated area.
After using the dosing card, fold it in half (with the used side inside) and throw it away out of the reach of children and pets.
Wash your hands immediately after using Diclofenac Gel unless your hands are part of the treated area.
Do not wrap, bandage, or apply heat to the treated area.
Do not shower, bathe, or wash the treated area for at least 1 hour after you use Diclofenac Gel.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Diclofenac Gel.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Diclofenac Gel is an NSAID. It may work by blocking certain substances in the body that are linked to inflammation. NSAIDs treat the symptoms of pain and inflammation. They do not treat the disease that causes those symptoms.
If you miss a dose of Diclofenac Gel, skip the missed dose. Go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Store Diclofenac Gel at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep in a tight, light-resistant container. Keep Diclofenac Gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
mild irritation at the application site.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; trouble breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or black, tarry stools; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; depression; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes; numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; severe or persistent irritation at the application site; severe or persistent stomach pain or nausea; severe vomiting; shortness of breath; sudden or unexplained weight gain; swelling of hands, legs, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual joint or muscle pain; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision or speech changes; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
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.
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