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Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is approved for treating pain, migraines, arthritis, and actinic keratosis. It is available by prescription only and comes in various forms, including tablets, extended-release tablets, capsules, eye drops, gel, and skin patches. These products help to treat pain and inflammation by blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body.

What Is Diclofenac?

Diclofenac is a prescription medication available in several different forms, used to treat several different conditions. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Some of the approved uses of diclofenac products include the treatment of the following conditions:
(Click What Is Diclofenac Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including additional approved uses and possible off-label uses.)

Potential Side Effects

As with any medicine, diclofenac may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The side effects of this medication may vary, depending on the particular form of diclofenac used. In general, some of the most commonly reported side effects of oral diclofenac included:
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Vomiting.
(Click Diclofenac Side Effects to learn more, including side effect information for other forms of the drug and potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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