Calcaneal Bursitis Medication

Updated: Sep 12, 2019
  • Author: Patrick M Foye, MD; Chief Editor: Consuelo T Lorenzo, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

For this musculoskeletal condition, medications are used primarily to decrease pain and inflammation. Thus, the most commonly used medications are oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are employed in conjunction with the rest of the rehabilitation plan. [28]

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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Class Summary

Oral NSAIDs can help to decrease pain and inflammation. Various oral NSAIDs can be used, with the choice of drug being largely a matter of convenience (how frequently doses must be taken to achieve adequate analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects) and cost.

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Rufen)

DOC for patients with mild to moderate pain. Inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing prostaglandin synthesis. Various doses are available with and without a prescription.

Naproxen (Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox)

For relief of mild to moderate pain; inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing the activity of cyclo-oxygenase, which results in a decrease of prostaglandin synthesis.

Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)

For relief of mild to moderate pain and inflammation.

Small dosages are initially indicated in small and elderly patients and in persons with renal or liver disease. Doses over 75 mg do not increase therapeutic effects. Administer high doses with caution and closely observe patient for response.

Flurbiprofen (Ansaid)

May inhibit cyclo-oxygenase enzyme, which in turn inhibits prostaglandin biosynthesis. These effects may result in analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory activities.

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Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug, Topical

Diclofenac topical

DOC for patients with mild to moderate pain. Inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing prostaglandin synthesis.

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