Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (including diclofenac) may rarely increase the risk for a heart attack or stroke. This effect can happen at any time while using this drug but is more likely if you use it for a long time. The risk may be greater in older adults or if you have heart disease or increased risk for heart disease (for example, due to smoking, family history of heart disease, or conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes). Do not use this drug right before or after heart bypass surgery (CABG).
Stop using diclofenac and get medical help right away if you notice any of these rare but serious side effects: chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating, confusion, weakness on one side of the body, trouble speaking, sudden vision changes.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
How to use diclofenac sodium topical
This medication is for use on the skin only. Wash and dry your hands before applying the medication. Gently apply enough medication to cover the affected skin well as directed by your doctor, usually 2 times daily. This medication is usually applied for 60 to 90 days. Wash your hands after using, unless you are using this medication to treat the hands.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, use this medication at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor or pharmacist.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. It may take up to 30 days after finishing the medication for the skin to completely heal.
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