diclofenac 3% - topical, Solaraze (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before using diclofenac, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other ingredients in this product such as benzyl alcohol; or to aspirin or other NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib); or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: aspirin-sensitive asthma (a history of worsening breathing with runny/stuffy nose after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), recent heart bypass surgery (CABG).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, stomach/intestine problems (e.g., bleeding, ulcers), heart disease (e.g., heart failure, history of heart attack), high blood pressure, stroke, swelling (edema, water retention), poorly controlled diabetes, a severe loss of body water (dehydration), blood disorders (e.g., anemia, bleeding/clotting problems), asthma, growths in the nose (nasal polyps).Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco may increase your risk for stomach bleeding, especially when combined with this medicine. Limit alcohol and stop smoking. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.Your condition may get worse when exposed to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Wear protective clothing when outdoors. Ask your doctor whether you should use sunscreen along with this medication.Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially stomach/intestinal bleeding and kidney effects.During the first 6 months of pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It is not recommended for use during the last 3 months of pregnancy due to possible harm to the unborn baby and problems with normal labor/delivery. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.Based on information from related drugs, this medication may pass into breast milk. Though there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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