Side Effects of the Diclofenac Patch

Common Side Effects

The diclofenac patch has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using diclofenac were documented and compared to side effects that occurred in another group of people using a placebo (a patch with no active ingredients). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
In these studies, the most common side effects with the diclofenac patch included (but were not limited to):
  • Itching -- in up to 5 percent of people
  • Various skin reactions (such as redness, irritation, or dryness) -- up to 4 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 3 percent
  • Various digestive problems (such as vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation) -- up to 3 percent
  • Change of taste -- up to 2 percent
  • Indigestion or heartburn -- up to 1 percent
  • Headache -- up to 1 percent
  • Drowsiness -- up to 1 percent
  • Unusual sensations (such as tingling or numbness) -- up to 1 percent.

Final Thoughts

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the diclofenac patch side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a diclofenac patch side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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