Diclofenac Patch

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using It?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using the diclofenac patch 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 the Diclofenac Patch to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does the Diclofenac Patch Work?

The diclofenac patch contains diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Like other NSAIDs, it works 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 a small fraction of the medication actually reaches the rest of the body), the diclofenac patch helps to lower the exposure to the rest of the body (which may decrease the risk of dangerous side effects).
 
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