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Solaraze Gel (Solaraze)


Solaraze Gel (Solaraze)

Generic Name: Diclofenac (dye-KLOE-fen-ak)Brand Name: Solaraze

Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) is used for:

Treating actinic keratoses, a precancerous skin growth usually caused by sun exposure. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The way Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) works is not fully understood.

Do NOT use Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Solaraze Gel (Solaraze), including benzyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol, or hyaluronate sodium

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Solaraze Gel (Solaraze):

Some medical conditions may interact with Solaraze Gel (Solaraze). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, a severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to aspirin or an NSAID (eg, celecoxib, ibuprofen, naproxen) in the past
  • if you have growths in the nose (nasal polyps), severe kidney or liver problems, porphyria, asthma, or stomach or intestinal ulcers or bleeding

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Solaraze Gel (Solaraze). Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Aspirin or NSAIDs (eg, ibuprofen) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Solaraze Gel (Solaraze)

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Solaraze Gel (Solaraze):

Use Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Make sure you use enough medicine to cover the entire treated area.
  • Do not cover the skin being treated with bandages, dressings, or wraps, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Unless you are treating your hands, wash your hands with soap and water after applying Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) to remove any medicine on the hands.
  • Do not apply to open skin wounds, infections, or exfoliative dermatitis.
  • If you miss a dose of Solaraze Gel (Solaraze), use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Solaraze Gel (Solaraze).

Important safety information:

  • Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. If you get Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) in your eyes, rinse thoroughly with cool tap water.
  • Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) has diclofenac in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has diclofenac in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Solaraze Gel (Solaraze). Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time. In addition, ask your doctor what other type of protection from the sun you should use.
  • Improvement usually occurs within 30 days after you stop using Solaraze Gel (Solaraze). If no improvement is seen, contact your doctor.
  • Do not use other skin products (eg, cosmetics, lotions, sunscreens) on the treated area without checking with your doctor.
  • Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) while you are pregnant. Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) is not recommended during the last 3 months (third trimester) of pregnancy because of the potential for fetal harm. It is not known if Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Solaraze Gel (Solaraze).

Possible side effects of Solaraze Gel (Solaraze):

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Abnormal skin sensations; back pain; dry skin; peeling, scaling, or flaking.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; eye redness or swelling (conjunctivitis); fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; inflammation or severe irritation of the skin; muscle pain; open sores on the skin (ulcers).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org ), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include decreased urination; seizures; stomach irritation; trouble breathing.

Proper storage of Solaraze Gel (Solaraze):

Store Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) at controlled room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Avoid freezing. Keep Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Solaraze Gel (Solaraze), please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Solaraze Gel (Solaraze) is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Solaraze Gel (Solaraze). If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.