Diclofenac Gel
DESCRIPTION

This medication is a type of gel which contains, Voltaren, which is an NSAID. This gel is used by individuals with inflammation and swelling.

How it works

Since this medication contains an NSAID, it works by reducing the natural substances in the body which are responsible for inflammation and subsequent inflammation.

Uses

Diclofenac gel is mainly used by individuals suffering from arthritis. The medication is used to reduce pain caused in specific parts of the body due to osteoarthritis. These body parts are hands, knees, ankles, wrists, elbows and feet. This gel will not be effective if you apply it in any other part of the body.

Dosage

You must use this medication exactly as mentioned in your prescription. Wash your hands after you apply the gel, unless you are applying the gel on your hands. If you are dressing the area, wait for 10 minutes. If you are taking a bath or shower, wait for at least an hour.

Do not apply this gel to an open wound or an infection. This medication is usually supplied with a dosing card. This card will contain the instructions about the precise doses that you need to use. Make sure to strictly follow this information.

If you are treating arthritis pain in the foot, apply the gel to the entire area, including the toes and soles. Do not apply this medication more than necessary. If you have any questions regarding the application, clarify your doubts with a physician.

Side effects

The occurrence of side effects is extremely low when using this medication. However, if the gel gets absorbed into the skin, it can lead to certain side effects. These include:

Liver problems
High blood pressure
Kidney problems
Shortness of breath
Signs of stomach bleeding
Low red blood cells
Severe skin reactions
Rapid weight gain
Kidney problems

If you do experience any of the above, make sure to reach out to a physician immediately. If you disregard these symptoms, they can deteriorate into a worse state.

Precautions

If you wish to stay safe during the course of the treatment, it is important for you to follow the instructions given below.

Inform your physician if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in the medication.
Brief your healthcare provider about your medical history. This includes the medications you are currently taking.
Do not use this medication for longer than necessary.
Do not apply this gel in higher doses.
Do not skip your doses, accidently or intentionally. In order to benefit from this medication, you need to use it as regularly as possible.
Consult your physician if you are planning to make any changes to the dosage or dose schedule.
Inform your physician if you have a history of kidney or liver disease.

Self-care

Although it is possible for you to use this medication during the period of pregnancy, applying this gel during the final three months of pregnancy can harm the baby. Therefore, if you become pregnant during the course of the treatment, it is best to discuss this matter with a physician.

It is not known whether this gel can be passed onto an infant through breast milk. Regardless, it is best to avoid this medication during this period.

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