Solaraze gel

Solaraze gel works by using an ingredient known as diclofenac sodium or just diclofenac, which is a form of medication intended for the treatment of inflammatory conditions. The Solaraze gel substance belongs to a family of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Solaraze gel is a pain-fighting medication that contains the active ingredient diclofenac. This anti-inflammatory pain killer can help with the treatment of various conditions, including sunburn, and actinic keratosis.  

What is Solaraze gel? 

Solaraze gel works by using an ingredient known as diclofenac sodium or just diclofenac, which is a form of medication intended for the treatment of inflammatory conditions. The Solaraze gel substance belongs to a family of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Although it’s not totally certain how Solaraze gel works to fight inflammatory conditions, experts believe that it involves the inhibition of a certain substance.  

The action of diclofenac in the body inhibits a substance known as cyclo-oxygenase. This is a substance in the human body which often produces chemicals at the site of an area of pain or damage. The production of cyclo-oxygenase also causes the creation of prostaglandins, which cause feelings of pain. By reducing the way that these substances are produced, Solaraze gel can minimize pain.  

When is Solaraze gel used? 

Solaraze gel is a substance often used to treat skin conditions caused by inflammation. The most common condition that Solaraze gel treats is actinic keratosis, which happens when the body is affected by rough areas of skin often caused by sun damage over the course of a number of years. Usually, actinic keratoses happens when people spend a lot of time using sunbeds, working outdoors in the sun, or sunbathing. The inflammation condition is very common in fair skinned individuals who are more sensitive to the rays of the sun. 

While the skin lesions caused by actinic keratoses are usually harmless, a few of them can turn cancerous over time. However, the chance of a lesion becoming cancerous is highly reduced if you can treat the condition as early as possible, however it is important to ask your doctor to visualise and monitor the lesion.  

How do you use Solaraze gel? 

Solaraze gel is typically used as a topical ointment, which means that it is applied directly to the affected area of skin. Usually, you will need to apply this substance under supervision from a medical professional, or at least get guidance when applying it for the first time.  

You will need to be cautions to read the patient leaflet included with your medication when you get Solaraze gel. Make sure that you check the leaflet every time you get a new batch of Solaraze gel, even if you have used it before. Solaraze gel is for external use only, make sure that you do not get it into the inside of your mouth or nose – rinse those areas carefully with cold water if they come into contact with the gel.  

Avoid getting Solaraze gel into your eyes and contact a doctor if you feel that your vision has changed after you accidentally touch your eyes after using Solaraze gel. Do not apply this gel to any open skin wounds or infections.  

Before using Solaraze gel, wash your hands and the affected area carefully and pat dry with a soft towel. Once the skin is dry, apply the gel to your skin carefully, using only the amount prescribed to you. Make sure that you only use a thin layer of this gel. Using more gel than necessary will not make the medication work better, but it could increase your chances of side effects. You can use a permeable bandage to cover the area but don’t use an airtight dressing.  

Wash your hands thoroughly after using this medication to reduce your chances of it accidentally getting into your eyes or mouth.  

Complete healing of lesions won’t always occur straight away. You will need to continue using this medication for the full treatment period.  

What dosages are there? 

Solaraze gel is usually prescribed as a dosage of one application twice a day to the affected skin lesions. You will only need to use a pea-sized amount of gel in most cases, depending on the size of the lesion. Wash your hands after applying the gel.  

Solaraze gel should only be taken for the length of time prescribed to you. Do not continue using this medication for longer than necessary. Consult a doctor if you feel that your symptoms are not getting any better, or that they’re getting worse after a couple of months of treatment.  

What are the side effects of Solaraze gel? 

For many people, Solaraze gel will be a useful treatment with no dangerous side effects. However, all medications can cause unexpected results at times. You can read through your patient leaflet for a more complete list of the side effects that might be common with Solaraze gel. Remember that some of the more common side effects, like inflammation and irritation at the application site, will go away over time. Some people experience tingling, pain, or blistering at the site of the application. However, your body may simply be getting used to the new medication.  

Don’t panic if you have any skin reactions like dry skin or redness but do make sure that you seek emergency medical attention if you do have any allergic reactions to Solaraze gel. This might include swelling at the application site, sudden dizziness, or trouble breathing.  

Most common side effects will go away naturally as your body gets used to the new medication.  

However, contact a doctor if you think that the side effects are persisting. You should also speak to a doctor if you notice any less common side effects, such as: 

  • Unusual pain or pressure in the eyes; 
  • Watery eyes; 
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort; 
  • Diarrhea or unusual bowl movements; 
  • Swelling in the face; 
  • Bleeding for unexplained reasons; 
  • Hair loss; 
  • Blistering of the skin. 

In very rare circumstances, Solaraze gel can cause a rash, increased sensitivity, bleeding in the stomach or intestines, and even kidney failure. Some people who take this medication find that they’re more likely to have trouble with their breathing, or that their asthma gets worse.  

When shouldn't you use Solaraze gel? 

It is important to answer all of the questions asked by your consultant when you are applying to get Solaraze gel. Remember that this medication might not be suitable for everyone. By providing a complete insight into your medical history, you improve your chances of getting the right treatment. If Solaraze gel is not suitable for you, then your consultant might be able to recommend a different form of treatment. People with a history of bleeding in the stomach or ulceration in particular should not take Solaraze gel, as it may cause increased side effects.  

Solaraze gel should be used in caution by: 

  • People with a decreased functioning in the liver; 
  • People with decreased kidney function; 
  • People with heart failure or heart problems; 
  • People with blood clotting disorders. 

It is generally not a good idea for some people to take Solaraze gel. If you have used other NSAIDS in the past, such as ibuprofen and you have struggled with asthma attacks as a result, or swelling in the tongue and lips, then you should avoid using this medication. It may not be suitable for pregnant women in the third trimester of their pregnancy to take Solaraze gel, and it isn’t certain whether this medication will be safe for use during breast feeding. Children will not be able to take Solaraze gel.  

Solaraze gel should not be used by anyone who is allergic to its ingredients. You will need to tell your consultant if you have ever had a reaction to a similar medication. Speak to your doctor about whether you can continue to take this medication if you are pregnant or nursing.  

Does Sunya interact with any other medications? 

Solaraze gel and other medications can sometimes interact poorly with other medications that you are using on a day to day basis. To ensure that it is safe for you to take Solaraze gel without an increased risk of side effects, make sure you tell your consultant about any medications that you are already taking. This includes providing a list of medications that have not been prescribed to you, and herbal or supplemental remedies.  

You should tell your consultant if you are taking any illegal medications too, as they could affect the way that your body manages Solaraze gel. Avoid applying any other products to the same area of skin when you are using Solaraze gel. Additionally, it might be a good idea to avoid using other NSAID substances at the same time as Solaraze gel. Over exposure to similar medications could increase your risk of dangerous side effects.  

If you are applying Solaraze gel before using sun creams or moisturizers, make sure that you give the medication at least an hour to soak into the skin thoroughly before using these other substances. It may be safe to use Solaraze gel with cosmetics, but you will need to ask your consultant for more information.  

Where can you buy Solaraze gel? 

Solaraze gel can be purchased from participating pharmacies provided that you have already had a consultation to ensure that this substance is safe for you to use. Make sure that you answer all questions in your consultation truthfully.  

Can you get Solaraze gel without a prescription?  

Solaraze gel is not available without a prescription at this time.

Sources, online, 2019, "Solaraze", [Accessed 20th of November 2019] Available on: 

MedlinePlus, online, 2019  “Diclofenac Topical” [Accessed 20th of November 2019] Available on:  

Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741365

Dr Imran Malik studied undergraduate medicine at King's College University in Central London and clinical studies at the prestigious King's College Hospital. He graduated with a MBBS degree in 2000 and went on to gain postgraduate memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine and also General Practice in 2006.