Femur Injuries and Fractures Medication

Updated: Oct 01, 2015
  • Author: Nicholas M Romeo, DO; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Medication

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. [33] 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.

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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 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.

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