Diclofenac epolamine is a painkiller that is administered through a patch worn on the skin. This drug is often prescribed for back pain and other severe pain. It is a non-opioid drug, so it is often prescribed to people who can’t take narcotic painkillers for a variety of reasons.
This medication can cause liver damage. Patients should see their doctors right away if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe stomach pain
- Brown urine
- Tarry, black stools
- Nausea and vomiting
Some patients may also be allergic to this medication. They should discontinue use and seek emergency medical treatment if they experience swelling in their face, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing or hives.
Patients who suffer from heart disease, especially those who have had bypass surgery, should not take this medication because it contributes to heart attacks and strokes.