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Reviewing Diclofenac Gel With Your Healthcare Provider

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using It?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using diclofenac gel if you have:
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Diclofenac Gel to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does Diclofenac Gel Work?

Diclofenac gel belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Like other NSAIDs, it works for arthritis by blocking a specific enzyme known as cyclooxygenase (COX), blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body. However, because it works mostly where it is applied (only 6 to 10 percent of the medication actually reaches the rest of the body), diclofenac gel helps to lower the exposure to the rest of the body (which may decrease the risk of dangerous side effects).
 
It is not entirely clear how diclofenac gel works to treat actinic keratosis lesions, although it is thought that by inhibiting the COX enzymes, it may encourage death of the precancerous cells.
 
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