Femur Injuries and Fractures Medication

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Nicholas M Romeo, DO; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

Medication for trauma-related fractures includes pain medication as indicated for reasonable pain. Anti-coagulants are used for a short course following traumatic fracture and operatively treated fractures to prevent venous thromboembolism. [1] Vitamin D and calcium supplementation is recommended for patients found to be deficient on laboratory evaluation.

Animal studies have suggested nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) may have a detrimental effect on bone healing. [34] These medications are typically avoided in the early stages of fracture healing.

For more information, see Medscape Drugs & Diseases topics Opioid Toxicity and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Agent Toxicity.



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 with trauma.

Codeine/acetaminophen (Tylenol With Codeine)

Indicated for mild to moderate pain.

Hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Lortab, Norcet, Vicodin)

Drug combination for moderate to severe pain.

Propoxyphene/acetaminophen (Darvocet N-100, Propacet)

Drug combination for mild to moderate pain.