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Flector Patch Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Flector Patch
Generic Name: diclofenac transdermal (Pronunciation: dye KLOE fen ak)
- What is diclofenac transdermal (Flector Patch)?
- What are the possible side effects of diclofenac transdermal (Flector Patch)?
- What is the most important information I should know about diclofenac transdermal (Flector Patch)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using diclofenac transdermal (Flector Patch)?
- How should I use diclofenac transdermal (Flector Patch)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Flector Patch)?
- What happens if I overdose (Flector Patch)?
- What should I avoid while using diclofenac transdermal (Flector Patch)?
- What other drugs will affect diclofenac transdermal (Flector Patch)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is diclofenac transdermal (Flector Patch)?
Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Diclofenac transdermal skin patch is used to treat pain caused by minor sprains, strains, or bruising.
Diclofenac transdermal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of diclofenac transdermal (Flector Patch)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although the risk of serious side effects is low when diclofenac is applied to the skin, you should be aware of side effects that can occur if the medication is absorbed into your bloodstream.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- chest pain, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance, and feeling weak or short of breath;
- bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
- pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, confusion;
- swelling or rapid weight gain;
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
- fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; or
- the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild nausea, vomiting;
- diarrhea, constipation;
- upset stomach, heartburn, gas;
- dizziness; or
- mild itching, burning, redness, or other skin irritation where the patch was worn.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Flector Patch (diclofenac epolamine topical patch) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about diclofenac transdermal (Flector Patch)?
Do not use this medication if you have ever had asthma or a severe allergic reaction caused by aspirin, diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Do not use diclofenac just before or after having heart bypass surgery (also called coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, a history of heart attack or stroke, a history of stomach ulcer or bleeding, liver or kidney disease, a blood clotting disorder, asthma or polyps in your nose, or if you smoke.
While the risk of absorbing diclofenac transdermal into your bloodstream is low, an NSAID may cause life-threatening heart or circulation problems such as heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term.
Get emergency medical help if you have chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or problems with vision or balance.
This medicine may also cause serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning while you are using diclofenac transdermal, especially in older adults.
Call your doctor at once if you have symptoms of stomach bleeding such as black, bloody, or tarry stools, or coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
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