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What is Solaraze Gel (Diclofenac) prescribed for?
Actinic keratoses is described as lesions on the outer skin caused by too much exposure to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight. They are also the beginnings of skincancer, and most appear after the age of 40. People with fair skin, blond or red hair, and blue or green eyes are most at risk of developing these rough, scaly patches, or keratoses. A history of a sunburn also increases the risk. If not treated, these patches can develop into a more serious form of skin cancer, although this is unusual.
Diclofenac is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). And this medication is used to treat a skin condition known as Actinic keratoses.
This medication is to be used on the skin only. Make sure to wash and dry your hands before applying the medication. Once you’re ready gently apply enough of the medication to cover the affected area of the skin, this is usually done twice a day or as directed by your doctor. Do not apply the medication in or around the eyes, open skin wounds, or infected/scraped/burned skin. If you do get the medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, use this medication at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Diclofenac; or to aspirin or other NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib); or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
It is best to inform your doctor of your medical history. Therefore, it is best to speak with your doctor if you have ever suffered from any of the following; asthma, aspirin-sensitive asthma (a history of worsening breathing with runny/stuffy nose after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), liver disease, stomach/intestine problems (such as bleeding, ulcers), heart disease (such as previous heart attack), high blood pressure, stroke, swelling (edema, fluid retention), diabetes, blood disorders (such as anemia), bleeding/clotting problems, growths in the nose (nasal polyps).
Kidney problems can sometimes occur with the use of NSAID medications, including diclofenac. Problems are more likely to occur if you are dehydrated, have heart failure or kidney disease, are an older adult, or if you take certain medications (see also Drug Interactions section). Drink plenty of fluids as directed by your doctor to prevent dehydration and tell your doctor right away if you have a change in the amount of urine.
While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Rash, scaling, dry skin, swelling, or itching may occur at the application site. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.
This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), symptoms of heart failure (such as swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain).
Other medications similar to this medication may rarely cause serious bleeding from the stomach or intestines. If you notice any of the following rare but very serious side effects, stop using this medication and get medical help right away: black/bloody stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, persistent stomach/abdominal pain.
This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of liver damage, including: persistent nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Why is Solaraze gel so expensive?
Solaraze Gel is listed as a Tier 4 medication on Medicare’s formulary. And Tier 4 drugs are usually referred to as non-preferred brand-name drugs. This means they tend to be a bit more expensive than any other medications on Tiers below it. However, you can still find a more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $122.00 for 50g.
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