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Who should not use the diclofenac topical patch?

Certain people are at higher risk for the serious side effects from diclofenac. Do not use the diclofenac topical patch if you have ever had an allergic or other reaction to aspirin or any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Do not use the diclofenac patch either right after or before having bypass heart surgery. People with kidney disease or who are in the last trimester of pregnancy should not use the patch. Let your doctor know before using the patch if you have heart, kidney or liver disease, any blood disorders or gastrointestinal conditions. The diclofenac patch should not be used on a site where the skin is broken.

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