diclofenac topical (generic name)

The 1% skin gel is used to treat osteoarthritis of the hands or knees
(dye KLOE fen ak)
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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • black or bloody stools, blood in the urine or vomit
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing or wheezing
  • nausea or vomiting
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • slurred speech or weakness on one side of the body
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • unexplained weight gain or swelling
  • unusually weak or tired
  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dizziness
  • dry skin
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • increased sensitivity to the sun
  • stomach pain
  • tingling at the application site

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store the 1% gel at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Store the 3% gel at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated: April 20, 2009
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