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What should I know about Solaraze before using it?

Solaraze (diclofenac sodium) topical gel is used to treat pre-cancerous skin growths called actinic keratoses. Diclofenac, the active ingredient in Solaraze, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which poses serious health risks in some people. Do not use Solaraze if you have any allergies to aspirin or any other NSAID drug.

Tell your doctor if you have any liver or kidney conditions, a bleeding ulcer or other gastro-intestinal conditions. Do not use Solaraze right before or after heart bypass surgery.

Solaraze should be used only on unbroken skin that is free of burn injury and eczema. To use the gel, rub it gently into the lesions. Be careful to avoid getting the gel in your eyes and wash hands after applying the gel. Do not bathe or shower for one hour after applying Solaraze and do not bandage the treated area.

Do not use other topical products, such as lotions, sunscreen or bug repellent while using Solaraze. Avoid exposure to sun or ultraviolet light (such as tanning beds) or other heat sources (such as a heating pad, hot tub or sauna) while using Solaraze.

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