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What Is Diclofenac Sodium Topical Solution Used For?

How Does Diclofenac Sodium Topical Solution Work?

Diclofenac sodium topical solution belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Like other NSAIDs, it works by blocking a specific enzyme known as cyclooxygenase (COX), blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body.
Because it works mostly where it is applied, only a small percentage of the medication actually reaches the rest of the body. This helps to lower the drug's exposure to the rest of the body, which may decrease the risk of dangerous side effects.
Diclofenac sodium topical solution contains dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), an inactive ingredient that allows for better absorption of the medication through the skin.

Can Children Use It?

Diclofenac sodium topical solution is not approved for use in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this product in children.

Is Diclofenac Sodium Topical Solution Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than treating osteoarthritis of the knee. At this time, using diclofenac sodium topical solution to treat osteoarthritis of other areas of the body or to treat other types of arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis) or other painful conditions would be considered off-label uses.
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