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Brachial Neuritis Medication

  • Author: Nigel L Ashworth, MBChB, MSc, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
Updated: May 08, 2016

Medication Summary

The goal of pharmacotherapy is to reduce morbidity and prevent complications.



Class Summary

These agents often are necessary for initial pain control.[31]

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol, Aspirin Free Anacin)


DOC for pain in patients with documented hypersensitivity to aspirin or NSAIDs, who have been diagnosed with upper GI disease, or who are on oral anticoagulants.

Acetaminophen and codeine (Tylenol #3)


Indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate pain.

Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen (Vicodin ES)


Drug combination indicated for moderate to severe pain.

Oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet)


Drug combination indicated for the relief of moderate to severe pain. DOC for aspirin hypersensitive patients.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Nigel L Ashworth, MBChB, MSc, FRCPC Professor, Divisions of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurology, University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Canada

Nigel L Ashworth, MBChB, MSc, FRCPC is a member of the following medical societies: Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists, Australian & New Zealand Association of Neurologists, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, British Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

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Michael T Andary, MD, MS Professor, Residency Program Director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Michael T Andary, MD, MS is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Medical Association, Association of Academic Physiatrists

Disclosure: Received honoraria from Allergan for speaking and teaching.

Chief Editor

Milton J Klein, DO, MBA Consulting Physiatrist, Heritage Valley Health System-Sewickley Hospital and Ohio Valley General Hospital

Milton J Klein, DO, MBA is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, American Academy of Osteopathy, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Pain Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Benjamin M Sucher, DO, FAOCPMR, FAAPMR Medical Director, EMG Labs of AARA (Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates)

Benjamin M Sucher, DO, FAOCPMR, FAAPMR is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Arizona Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Osteopathic Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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The patient is a 43-year-old farmer, shown 6 months after presenting with severe right shoulder pain and weakness. Note severe wasting of the right infraspinatus and deltoid and winging of the scapula.
Same patient as above. Note again severe supraspinatus and infraspinatus wasting on the right.
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