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Zipsor is a medicine that treats mild to moderate pain. It is specifically approved to treat acute pain, such as that which may occur after surgery or with an injury. This medication can help reduce both pain and inflammation. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label uses of Zipsor, such as for the treatment of arthritis or migraine headaches.

What Is Zipsor Used For?

Zipsor™ (diclofenac potassium) is a prescription pain medication. Specifically, it is approved to treat mild to moderate acute pain.
Acute pain is short-term pain, such as pain that might occur with an injury or surgery. Zipsor is a good choice for treating injuries, since it can help with both pain and inflammation.
At this time, Zipsor is not approved for chronic pain or severe pain. These types of pain may be more appropriately treated with other pain medications, such as opioids (morphine-like drugs).

How Does This Medication Work?

Zipsor 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.

Zipsor Use in Children

Zipsor is not approved for use in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Zipsor in children.

Off-Label Uses of Zipsor

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Zipsor for something other than pain relief. At this time, using Zipsor to treat any kind of pain except mild to moderate acute pain would be considered an off-label use. For instance, treating arthritis or migraine headaches would be off-label uses of this drug.
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