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What should I know about the diclofenac patch before using it?

The diclofenac topical patch delivers diclofenac to the site of pain due to minor strains, sprains and contusions. Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Do not use the diclofenac patch if you have any allergies to aspirin or any other NSAID drug. NSAIDs can pose some serious health risks. Tell your doctor if you have any liver or kidney conditions or if you have a bleeding ulcer or other gastro-intestinal conditions. Do not use the patch right before or after heart bypass surgery.

Do not bathe or shower while wearing the diclofenac patch. Do not use other topical products, such as lotion, sunscreen or bug repellent while using the diclofenac patch. Avoid exposure to sun or ultraviolet light (such as tanning beds) while using the diclofenac patch.

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