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16. HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

Diclofenac Sodium Topical Solution is supplied as a clear, colorless to faintly pink-orange solution containing 16.05 mg of diclofenac sodium per mL of solution, in a white high density polyethylene bottle with a white low-density dropper cap.

NDC Number & Size

150 mL bottle NDC # 52565-002-05

Storage

Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [See USP Controlled RoomTemperature].

17. PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

See FDA-Approved Patient Labeling ( Medication Guide and Instructions for Use).

17.1 Patient/Caregiver Instructions

Inform patients of the following information before initiating therapy with an NSAID and periodically during the course of ongoing therapy. Encourage patients to read the NSAID Medication Guide that accompanies each prescription dispensed prior to using diclofenac sodium topical solution [see Medication Guide and Instructions for Use].

17.2 Cardiovascular Effects

Diclofenac sodium topical solution, like other NSAIDs, may cause serious DV side effects, such as MI or stroke, which may result in hospitalization and even death. Although serious CV events can occur without warning symptoms, instruct patients to be alert for the signs and symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath weakness, slurring of speech, and to ask for medical advice when observing any indicative sign or symptoms. Inform patients of the importance of this follow-up [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

17.3 Gastrointestinal Effects

Diclofenac sodium topical solution, like other NSAIDs, may cause GI discomfort and, rarely, serious GI side effects, such as ulcers and bleeding, which may result in hospitalization and even death. Although serious GI tract ulcerations and bleeding can occur without warning symptoms, inform patients to be alert for the signs and symptoms of ulceration and bleeding, and to ask for medical advice when observing any indicative sign or symptoms including epigastric pain, dyspepsia, melena, and hematemesis. Instruct patients of the importance of this follow-up [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

17.4 Hepatotoxicity

Inform patients of the warning signs and symptoms of hepatotoxicity (e.g., nausea, fatigue, lethargy, pruritus, jaundice, right upper quadrant tenderness, and “flu-like” symptoms). If these occur, instruct patients to stop therapy with diclofenac sodium topical solution and seek immediate medical therapy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

17.5 Adverse Skin Reactions

Diclofenac sodium topical solution, like other NSAIDs, can cause serious systemic skin side effects such as exfoliative dermatitis, SJS, and TEN, which may result in hospitalizations and even death. Although serious systemic skin reactions may occur without warning, instruct patients to be alert for the signs and symptoms of skin rash and blisters, fever, or other signs of hypersensitivity such as itching, and to ask for medical advice when observing any indicative signs or symptoms [see Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].

Advise patients to stop diclofenac sodium topical solution immediately if they develop any type of generalized rash and contact their physicians as soon as possible.

Diclofenac sodium topical solution can cause a localized skin reaction at the application site. Advise patients to contact their physicians as soon as possible of they develop any type of localized application site rash.

Instruct patients not to apply diclofenac sodium topical solution to open skin wounds, infections, inflammations, or exfoliative dermatitis, as it may affect absorption and reduce tolerability of the drug.

Instruct patients to wait until the area treated with diclofenac sodium topical solution is completely dry before applying sunscreen, insect repellant, lotion, moisturizer, cosmetics, or other topical medication.

Instruct patients to minimize or avoid exposure of treated knee(s) to natural or artificial sunlight.

17.6 Weight Gain and Edema

Instruct patients to promptly report to their physician signs or symptoms of unexplained weight gain or edema following treatment with diclofenac sodium topical solution [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

17.7 Anaphylactoid Reactions

Inform patients of the signs of an anaphylactoid reaction (e.g. difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat). If these occur, instruct patients to seek immediate emergency help [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)].

17.8 Effects During Pregnancy

Instruct patients who are pregnant or intending to become pregnant not to use diclofenac sodium topical solution [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1) and Impairment of Fertility (13.1)].

17.9 Eye Exposure

Instruct patients to avoid contact of diclofenac sodium topical solution with the eyes and mucosa. Advise patients that if eye contact occurs, immediately wash out the eye with water or saline and consult a physician if irritation persists for more than an hour.

17.10 Prevention of Secondary Exposure

Instruct patients to avoid skin-to-skin contact between other people and the knee(s) to which diclofenac sodium topical solution was applied until the knee(s) is completely dry.

Medication Guide for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

(See the end of this Medication Guide for a list of prescription NSAID medicines.)

What is the most important information I should know about medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)?

NSAID medicines may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death.

This chance increases:

  • with longer use of NSAID medicines
  • in people who have heart disease

NSAID medicines should never be used right before or after a heart surgery called a “coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).”

NSAID medicines can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. Ulcers and bleeding:

  • can happen without warning symptoms
  • may cause death

The chance of a person getting an ulcer or bleeding increases with:

  • taking medicines called “corticosteroids” and “anticoagulants”
  • longer use
  • smoking
  • drinking alcohol
  • older age
  • having poor health

NSAID medicines should only be used:

  • exactly as prescribed
  • at the lowest dose possible for your treatment
  • for the shortest time needed

What are Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)?

NSAID medicines are used to treat pain and redness, swelling, and heat (inflammation) from medical conditions such as:

  • different types of arthritis
  • menstrual cramps and other types of short-term pain

Who should not take a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID)?

Do not take an NSAID medicine:

  • if you had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAID medicine
  • for pain right before or after heart bypass surgery

Tell your healthcare provider:

  • about all of your medical conditions.
  • about all of the medicines you take. NSAIDs and some other medicines can interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Keep a list of your medicines to show to your healthcare provider and pharmacist.
  • if you are pregnant, NSAID medicines should not be used by pregnant women late in their pregnancy.
  • if you are breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor.

What are the possible side effects of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)?

Serious side effects include:
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • highblood pressure
  • heart failure from body swelling (fluid retention)
  • kidney problems including kidney failure
  • bleeding and ulcers in the stomach and intestine
  • low red blood cells (anemia)
  • life-threatening skin reactions
  • life-threatening allergic reactions
  • liver problems including liver failure
  • asthma attacks in people who have asthma
Other side effects include:
  • stomach pain
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • heartburn
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness

Get emergency help right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • chest pain
  • slurred speech
  • weakness in one part or side of your body
  • swelling of the face or throat

Stop your NSAID medicine and call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • nausea
  • more tired or weaker than usual
  • itching
  • your skin or eyes look yellow
  • stomach pain
  • flu-like symptoms
  • vomit blood
  • there is blood in your bowel movement or it is black and sticky like tar
  • unusual weight gain
  • skin rash or blisters with fever
  • swelling of the arms and legs, hands and feet

These are not all the side effects with NSAID medicines. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information about NSAID medicines.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Other information about Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs):

  • Aspirin is an NSAID medicine but it does not increase the chance of a heart attack. Aspirin can cause bleeding in the brain, stomach, and intestines. Aspirin can also cause ulcers in the stomach and intestines.
  • Some of these NSAID medicines are sold in lower doses without a prescription (over-the-counter). Talk to your healthcare provider before using over-the-counter NSAIDs for more than 10 days.

NSAID medicines that need a prescription

Generic Name Tradename
*
Vicoprofen contains the same dose of ibuprofen as over-the-counter (OTC) NSAID, and is usually used for less than 10 days to treat pain. The OTC NSAID label warns that long term continuous use may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Celecoxib Celebrex®
Diclofenac Flector, Cataflam®, Voltaren®, Arthrotec™(combined with misoprostol), PENNSAID® (Diclofenac Sodium Topical Solution)
Diflunisal Dolobid®
Etodolac Lodine®, Lodine® XL
Fenoprofen Nalfon®, Nalfon® 200
Flurbiprofen Ansaid®
Ibuprofen Motrin®, Tab-Profen®, Vicoprofen® * (combined with hydrocodone), Cambunox™ (combined with oxycodone)
Indomethacin Indocin®, Indocin® SR, Indo-Lemmon™, Indomethagan™
Ketoprofen Oruvail®
Ketorolac Toradol®
Mefenamic Acid Ponstel®
Meloxicam Mobic®
Nabumetone Relafen®
Naproxen Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, EC-Naproxyn®, Naprelan®, Naprapac® (copackaged with lansoprazole)
Oxaprozin Daypro®
Piroxicam Feldene®
Sulindac Clinoril®
Tolmetin Tolectin®, Tolectin® DS, Tolectin® 600

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

17.11 Patient Instructions for Use

Diclofenac Sodium Topical Solution

Read the Medication Guide that comes with diclofenac sodium topical solution first. Be sure that you read, understand, and follow these Instructions for Use before you use diclofenac sodium topical solution for the first time. Important: For use on the skin only (topical). Do not get diclofenac sodium topical solution in your eyes, nose or mouth.

Before you use diclofenac sodium topical solution:

  • Apply diclofenac sodium topical solution exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. Talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • Only use diclofenac sodium topical solution to treat pain from osteoarthritis in your knee or knees.
  • Apply diclofenac sodium topical solution on clean dry skin that does not have any cuts, infections or rashes.
  • Use diclofenac sodium topical solution 4 times each day on your knee or knees as prescribed.
  • Your total dose for each knee is 40 drops of diclofenac topical solution, each time you use it.
  • If you get diclofenac sodium topical solution in your eyes, rinse your eyes right away with water or saline. Call your healthcare provider if your eyes are irritated for more than one hour.

Steps for using diclofenac sodium topical solution:

Step 1. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying diclofenac sodium topical solution.

Step 2. Put 10 drops of diclofenac sodium topical solution either on your hand or directly on your knee (See Figure A).

Figure 1
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Step 3. Spread diclofenac sodium topical solution evenly on the front, back and sides of your knee (see Figures B and C). Repeat steps 2 and 3, three times so that your knee is completely covered with a total of 40 drops of diclofenac sodium topical solution.

Figure 2
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Figure B

Figure 3
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Figure C

Step 4. If your healthcare provider has prescribed diclofenac sodium topical solution for both knees, repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other knee.

After you use diclofenac sodium topical solution:

Wash your hands with soap and water right away after applying diclofenac sodium topical solution.
Do not

  • touch the treated knee or allow another person to touch the knee treated with diclofenac sodium topical solution until your knee is completely dry.
  • cover your knee with clothing until your knee is completely dry.
  • put sunscreen, insect repellant, lotion, moisturizer, cosmetics, or other topical medicines on your knee until it is completely dry.
  • take a shower or a bath for at least 30 minutes after you put diclofenac sodium topical solution on your knee(s).
  • use heating pads or apply bandages to the skin where you have applied diclofenac sodium topical solution.
  • use sunlamps and tanning beds. Protect your treated knee from sunlight. Wear clothes that cover your skin if you have to be in sunlight.

How should I store diclofenac sodium topical solution?

  • Store diclofenac sodium topical solution between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).

Keep diclofenac sodium topical solution and all medicines out of the reach of children.

This Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Manufactured by:
Teligent Pharma, Inc .
Buena, NJ 08310

PI-76115 Iss. 12/14

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