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What should I know about diclofenac topical solution before using it?

You should understand that even though diclofenac topical solution is not taken internally, it carries all the risks associated with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These risks include liver failure, kidney failure, cardiovascular events, including heart attack or stroke, and stomach or intestinal problems. Before using diclofenac topical solution, you should let your doctor know if you have a history of the following: stomach or intestinal bleeding, ulcers, asthma, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease, bleeding or clotting disorders or if you are taking anticoagulants (sometimes called blood thinners).

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