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What are the side effects of the diclofenac epolamine topical patch?

The diclofenac topical patch can cause minor side effects, such as burning, itching or irritation of the skin where the patch is applied. Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which can cause more severe side effects in some people. These can include an allergic reaction, which could cause hives, trouble breathing or swollen tongue or mouth.

Seek immediate medical attention. Other severe side effects include: chest pain or trouble breathing; black, tarry stool; dark, grainy or bloody vomit; reduced urination; pale stool; swelling or sudden weight gain; yellowing around the eyes; confusion or depression; and others. Elderly people are at higher risk for risks of gastrointestinal side effects from NSAIDs. Call a doctor immediately if you have any of these symptoms.

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