Which drugs are used in the treatment of acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the mainstays of therapy. NSAID agents have a similar efficacy, with relief of chest pain in about 85-90% of patients within days of treatment. A full-dose NSAID should be used, and treatment should last 7-14 days.

Colchicine, alone or in combination with aspirin or an NSAID, can be considered as first-line therapy as an adjunct for patients with acute pericarditis, particularly to prevent recurrences. [3, 4]


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