Femoral Neck Fracture Medication

Updated: Jan 19, 2016
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

As with all fractures, pain management should be a primary concern. Often, acetaminophen or an NSAID is prescribed for the acute pain of a fracture. However, additional pain relief may be necessary if the patient does not have relief with acetaminophen or NSAIDs alone. In this case, an opiate may be required, particularly for breakthrough pain. Adjustment of pain medications may be necessary, especially in the acute phase.

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Analgesics

Class Summary

Pain control is essential to quality patient care. Analgesics ensure patient comfort, promote pulmonary toilet, and have sedating properties, which are beneficial for patients who have sustained injuries.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Feverall, Tempera, Aspirin-Free Anacin, Tylenol-3)

Indicated for mild to moderate pain. DOC for pain in patients with documented hypersensitivity to aspirin or NSAIDs, with upper GI disease, or who are taking oral anticoagulants.

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Ibuprin)

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

Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Roxicet, Roxilox, OxyIR, Tylox, Roxiprin)

Analgesic with multiple actions similar to those of morphine; may produce less constipation, smooth muscle spasm, and depression of cough reflex than similar analgesic doses of morphine.

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