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PENNSAID Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is diclofenac topical (PENNSAID)?
- What are the possible side effects of diclofenac topical (PENNSAID)?
- What is the most important information I should know about diclofenac topical (PENNSAID)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using diclofenac topical (PENNSAID)?
- How should I use diclofenac topical (PENNSAID)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (PENNSAID)?
- What happens if I overdose (PENNSAID)?
- What should I avoid while using diclofenac topical (PENNSAID)?
- What other drugs will affect diclofenac topical (PENNSAID)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (PENNSAID)?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (PENNSAID)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while using diclofenac topical (PENNSAID)?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
Do not use cosmetics, sunscreen, lotions, insect repellant, or other medicated skin products on the same area you treat with diclofenac topical.
Avoid getting this medication in your mouth, nose, or eyes. If this does happen, rinse with water.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds) while you are using diclofenac topical.
Avoid taking aspirin, oral (pill form) diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), or other NSAIDs without your doctor's advice. This includes ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), indomethacin, piroxicam (Feldene), nabumetone (Relafen), etodolac (Lodine), and others.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cold, allergy, or pain medicine. Aspirin and other medicines similar to diclofenac are contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of a certain drug. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.
What other drugs will affect diclofenac topical (PENNSAID)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
- lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid);
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
- a diuretic (water pill);
- steroids (prednisone and others); or
- heart or blood pressure medication such as benazepril (Lotensin), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), and others.
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied diclofenac. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about diclofenac topical.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional PENNSAID Information
- PENNSAID Drug Interactions Center: diclofenac sodium top
- PENNSAID Side Effects Center
- PENNSAID FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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