Are NSAIDs effective for the treatment of superficial thrombophlebitis?

Updated: Apr 17, 2019
  • Author: Khanjan H Nagarsheth, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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The efficacy of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is similar to that of LMWH in reducing the risk of extension of superficial thrombophlebitis into the deep venous system along with decreasing recurrence. In addition, NSAIDs are often more practical and more easily administered than LMWH. No NSAID has not been shown to be superior to others in the treatment of superficial thrombophlebitis.


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