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Sprix Uses

Sprix is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain caused by things such as surgery, cancer, or kidney stones. It is approved for use in adults only and works by blocking certain hormones in the body that cause pain and inflammation. At this time, there are no "off-label" (unapproved) uses of Sprix.

What Is Sprix Used For?

Sprix™ (ketorolac nasal spray) is a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Short-term is defined as treatment for no longer than five days. Sprix is most often prescribed for pain relief following surgery, but can also be used to relieve other types of acute, short-term pain, such as cancer pain or pain caused by kidney stones.
This medication should not be used for relieving minor pain. Also, because Sprix use is limited to five days, it should not be used for treating chronic pain.

How Does Sprix Work?

Sprix belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Like other NSAIDs, Sprix blocks an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX). This enzyme is responsible for making certain hormones (called prostaglandins) that cause pain, inflammation, and fever in the body. By preventing the body from making prostaglandins, Sprix can help alleviate pain.

Can Children Use It?

Sprix has not been approved for children younger than 18 years old, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.

Can Older Adults Use It?

People 65 years of age and older have an increased risk of developing some of the serious side effects of Sprix, including bleeding. This does not mean Sprix cannot be used in older adults, it just means that this medication should be used with caution in this age group. Often, people 65 years old or older receive lower doses of this medication.
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