Diclofenac gel is a prescription skin gel that belongs to a class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It comes in two forms; one is approved to treat osteoarthritis, while the other is licensed to treat a precancerous skin condition called actinic keratosis. The gel is usually applied to the skin four times a day (for arthritis) or twice daily (for actinic keratosis).
What Is Diclofenac Gel?
Diclofenac gel (Solaraze® Gel, Voltaren® Gel) is a prescription medication. The 1 percent gel (Voltaren) is approved to treat osteoarthritis, while the 3 percent gel (Solaraze) is approved to treat a precancerous skin condition known as actinic keratosis.
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