What is the role of medications in the treatment of clavicle fractures?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Control discomfort with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and if pain continues, add a narcotic analgesic. The latter often have a sedative effect, which is beneficial for patients who have sustained trauma. Acetaminophen is the drug of choice (DOC) for treatment of pain in patients with documented hypersensitivity to aspirin or NSAIDs, as well as in those who have upper gastrointestinal (GI) disease or are taking oral anticoagulants.

Prophylactic intravenous antibiotics that cover typical skin flora (eg, cefazolin sodium) are necessary with open fractures. Tetanus immunization also may be indicated.


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