Diclofenac (Generic) Gel 1%, slide 1 of 1

Diclofenac (Generic) Gel 1%, 100-gm tube

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Diclofenac is a topical analgesic approved by the FDA to treat joint pain and inflammation in horses. It should help your animal feel better within one to two hours, and is approved to be used for up to ten days. Wearing disposable non-permeable gloves, you apply the gel by rubbing it thoroughly into the hair covering the affected joint. Your veterinarian will probably suggest that you don’t use diclofenac on more than one joint at one time, or spread it over an area larger than a five-inch ribbon, because side effects could occur. Use it only as instructed by your veterinarian.

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Diclofenac Gel is labeled for the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in tarsal, carpal, metacarpophalangeal, metatarsophalangeal, and proximal interphalangeal (hock, knee, fetlock, pastern) joints for use up to 10 days duration.

Possible Side Effects

Diclofenac Gel appears to be well tolerated in horses.

Drug & Food Interactions

Topical diclofenac should not be used in horses hypersensitive to it or any component of the cream. It has not been evaluated in horses younger than 1 year old.


Exceeding the recommended dosage or treating multiple joints may cause adverse effects.

  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Item Number
  • Generic Name
  • Common Brand Name(s)
    Voltaren Gel, Solaraze, Diclo Gel
  • For Use With
  • Administration Form
  • Product Form
  • Health Condition
    Joint Pain/Arthritis
  • Drug Type

Diclofenac Gel contains the active ingredient, diclofenac sodium, USP in an opaque, white gel base. The inactive ingredients in diclofenac sodium topical gel include: carbomer homopolymer Type C, cocoyl caprylocaprate, fragrance, isopropyl alcohol, mineral oil, polyoxyl 20 cetostearyl ether, propylene glycol, purified water, and strong ammonia solution.

Recommended Dosage

Consult with your veterinarian on recommended dosage

Storage Instructions

Store at 68°F to 77°F; excursions permitted between 59°F to 86°F. Keep from freezing.


How is this medication useful?

Diclofenac gel is used to treat joint pain and inflammation in horses. The FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) has approved this drug for use in horses for control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in tarsal, carpal, metacarpophalangeal, metatarsophalangeal, and proximal interphalangeal (hock, knee, fetlock, pastern respectively) joints for up to 10 days. The FDA allows veterinarians to prescribe and use products containing this drug in different species or for other conditions in certain situations. You and your veterinarian can discuss why this drug is the most appropriate choice.

How long until I will know if this medication is working, and how long will the effects of this medication last?

This medication should help your pet feel better within 1 to 2 hours. Your pet's clinical signs should improve after that time. The effects of this medication are moderate in duration, meaning they may last for a few days, although the benefits may be prolonged if your pet has decreased kidney and/or liver function.

If my pet gets too much of this medication (an overdose), what should I do?

If you witness or suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or an animal poison control center for further advice. Animal poison control centers that are open 24 hours a day include: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) and Pet Poison HELPLINE (855-764-7661); a consultation fee is charged for these services.

What other information is important for this medication?

The manufacturer warns against using on more than one joint or using more than a 5-inch ribbon as this may cause adverse effects.

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