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The diclofenac patch is a medicated skin patch that contains a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is approved for treating short-term pain due to strains, sprains, and bruises. The product is available by prescription only and is typically applied to the skin twice a day. Although most people tolerate the patches well, potential side effects include nausea, itching, and skin reactions at the application site.

What Is the Diclofenac Patch?

The diclofenac patch (Flector® Patch) is a prescription medication approved to treat short-term pain caused by sprains, strains, and bruises.
 
(Click What Is the Diclofenac Patch Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Potential Side Effects

As with any medicine, the diclofenac patch may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Some of the most common diclofenac patch side effects include:
 
  • Itching
  • Skin reactions at the application site
  • Nausea.
     
(Click Side Effects of the Diclofenac Patch to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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