How are NSAIDs 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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A full-dose NSAID should be used (aspirin, 2-4 g/d; ibuprofen 1200-1800 mg/d; indomethacin 75-150 mg/d); treatment should last at least 7-14 days. A full-dose NSAID should be maintained until normalization of the C-reactive protein (CRP) followed by gradual tapering of the drug for another 1-2 weeks to prevent early reoccurrence. [13]


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