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Solaraze Gel Uses

Solaraze Gel is licensed to treat certain scaly bumps or patches on the skin caused by sun damage (also known as actinic keratosis or solar keratosis). This prescription medication is a type of NSAID and works by blocking a specific enzyme in the body and reducing inflammation. On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend an off-label use of Solaraze Gel, such as for treating a precancerous condition of the lip.

What Is Solaraze Gel Used For?

Solaraze® Gel (diclofenac gel) is a prescription skin gel that is used to treat actinic keratosis (AK), also known as solar keratosis.
Actinic keratosis lesions are scaly bumps or patches on the surface of the skin due to sun damage. They range in size and color. Although actinic keratoses may be unsightly, the more serious concern is that some actinic keratosis lesions may progress to a type of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma.
Treatment for AK may include:
  • Freezing (cryosurgery)
  • Laser surgery
  • Medications.
Unlike most other actinic keratosis medications, Solaraze is generally not overly harsh to the skin.

How Does Solaraze Gel Work?

Diclofenac, the active ingredient in Solaraze Gel, belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Like other NSAIDs, it works by blocking a specific enzyme known as cyclooxygenase (COX) and blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body.
It is not entirely clear why Solaraze works to treat actinic keratosis lesions. However, it is thought that by inhibiting the COX enzymes, Solaraze may encourage death of the precancerous cells.

Can Children Use It?

Solaraze Gel is not approved for use in children, as actinic keratosis is not a condition that occurs in children.
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