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Clinical Effects of the Diclofenac Patch

This medication has been thoroughly evaluated in clinical studies. These studies compared the diclofenac patch to a placebo (a patch with no active ingredients). These studies showed that the diclofenac patch was significantly better than the placebo for relieving short-term pain of sprains, strains, and bruises.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations include the following:
  • The diclofenac patch is usually applied to the skin twice a day.
  • Apply the patch to clean, dry, unbroken skin. Wash the skin with soap and water before application.
  • Do not swim or bathe while wearing the patch.
  • Do not use lotions, cosmetics, or any other products on the skin where you apply the patch. This may cause the patch to fall off or might interfere with the absorption of the medication.
  • Wash your hands after applying the patch.
  • If the diclofenac patch appears to be coming loose, you may tape down the edges of the patch to the skin.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended dosage for this medication, regardless of your age or weight. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Diclofenac Patch Dosage for more information.)

Diclofenac Patch Drug Interactions

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