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What Is Diclofenac Potassium Used For?

Diclofenac potassium has been licensed for the following uses:
 
  • Treatment of pain caused by straining a muscle or inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis), as well as pain following a medical procedure.

 

 

 

Not all forms of diclofenac potassium are approved for every use. Diclofenac potassium is not a cure for the types of arthritis mentioned above, nor does it slow the progression of the disease.
 
(Click What Is Diclofenac Potassium Used For? for more information on these uses, as well as possible off-label uses for diclofenac potassium.)
 

How Does Diclofenac Potassium Work?

Diclofenac potassium 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), blocking the production of various inflammatory substances in the body.
 

Effects of Diclofenac Potassium

By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, diclofenac potassium is useful at reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other diseases.
 
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