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How Diclofenac Gel Works and Treatment Tips

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations include the following:
 
  • Diclofenac gel is usually applied to the skin four times a day (for arthritis treatment) or twice a day (for actinic keratosis treatment).
     
  • Do not apply a bandage or use a heating pad over the area of application.
     
  • Do not use lotions, cosmetics, insect repellants, or any other products on the skin where you apply the gel.
     
  • Wash your hands after applying diclofenac gel, unless you are treating your hands.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of diclofenac gel that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The medical condition being treated
  • The area of the body being treated
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Diclofenac Gel Dosage for more information.)
 

Diclofenac Gel Drug Interactions

Even though it is a skin gel, diclofenac gel can potentially interact with several other medications (see Drug Interactions With Diclofenac Gel).
 

Overdose Information

Serious effects are most likely to occur if an overdose of this medication is accidentally ingested by mouth, rather than applied to the skin.
 
(Click Solaraze Gel Overdose or Voltaren Gel Overdose for more information.)
 
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