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Diclofenac Sodium Topical Solution

Clinical Effects

This medication has been thoroughly evaluated in clinical studies. These studies compared diclofenac sodium topical solution to a placebo (a solution with no active ingredients). These studies demonstrated that diclofenac sodium topical solution was significantly better than the placebo for relieving arthritis pain and improving function of the joint.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind when using this medicine include the following:
  • Diclofenac sodium topical solution is usually applied to the skin two or four times a day, depending on the strength of the product you're using.
  • Apply the solution to clean, dry, unbroken skin. The skin should be free of cuts, infections, or rashes.
  • For the 1.5% solution, apply the solution only 10 drops at a time, either directly onto the knee or into a hand first, in order to help prevent spillage. Repeat until you reach the total recommended number of drops. Spread the solution around all sides of the knee evenly.
  • For the 2% solution, pump out the recommended dose (usually two pumps) into your hand before spreading it all around the knee. 
  • Wash your hands after applying the medication.
  • Wait until the solution is dry before applying lotions, cosmetics, insect repellents, or any other products, or before putting on any clothing over the area of application.
  • Do not shower, bathe, or swim for at least 30 minutes after applying diclofenac sodium topical solution.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Diclofenac sodium topical solution will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

This product comes in two different strengths, and the dosing information is different for the two strengths. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Diclofenac Sodium Topical Solution Dosage for more information.)
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