Precautions and Warnings With Diclofenac Gel
You should talk to your healthcare provider about the precautions and warnings with diclofenac gel before starting treatment. For example, tell your healthcare provider about all existing medical conditions you have (such as asthma, heart disease, or high blood pressure) and other medications you are taking before using the gel. Precautions and warnings also extend to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using diclofenac gel (Solaraze® Gel, Voltaren® Gel) if you have:
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Bleeding problems (or are taking blood-thinning medications)
- Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of these problems
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Any allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have had heart surgery recently.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.