Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation.
Diclofenac topical (for the skin) is used to treat joint pain caused by osteoarthritis. Pennsaid 1.5% solution is for use on the knees. Voltaren Topical 1% gel is for use on the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, or feet. This medicine may not be effective in treating arthritis pain elsewhere in the body.
Solaraze 3% topical gel is used to treat warty overgrowths of skin (actinic keratoses) on sun-exposed areas of the body.
Pennsaid, Solaraze, Voltaren Topical
Application site reactions, including skin rash, pain, tingling, or burning sensation
flu-like syndrome (body ache, headache, fever, with or without chills)
Less common or rare
Blood in the urine
dry, itching, or burning eyes
headaches, including migraines
increased sensitivity of the skin
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
redness of the skin
redness or swelling of the eyes
skin rash other than at the application site
tightness in the chest
ulcers or sores on the skin, other than at the application site
Some of the side effects that can occur with diclofenac topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:
lack or loss of strength
loss or thinning of the hair
stomach upset or pain
(topical gel, topical solution, topical film, extended release, topical cream)