Diclofenac for Pain
Diclofenac is a prescription medicine approved for the treatment of various conditions, including migraines, painful menstrual periods, various types of arthritis, and certain skin conditions. Pain relief is another common use of diclofenac.
Like other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), diclofenac works by blocking a specific enzyme known as cyclooxygenase (COX), blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body. This action helps to treat pain and inflammation but also seems to help treat seemingly unrelated conditions (such as actinic keratosis).
Occasionally, healthcare providers may also recommend diclofenac products for "off-label" uses, such as for treating pain or inflammation caused by other conditions. At this time, the medication is not approved for use in children.
(Click What Is Diclofenac Used For? for more information on how the product works for pain relief, to learn about other approved uses for this drug, and for a list of other off-label uses.)