Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury Medication

Updated: Apr 14, 2016
  • Author: Robert F Kacprowicz, MD, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

NSAIDs are the cornerstone of therapy for the control of pain that is associated with UCL injuries.

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Analgesics

Class Summary

Pain control is essential to patient care.

Ibuprofen (Ibuprin, Motrin, Advil)

DOC for treating mild to moderate pain if no contraindications exist. Inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing the activity of the enzyme COX and thereby inhibiting production of prostaglandins.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Feverall, Aspirin Free Anacin, Tempra)

DOC for treating mild pain in patients with documented hypersensitivity to aspirin or NSAIDs, those diagnosed with upper GI disease, or those who take PO anticoagulants.

Naproxen (Naprosyn, Anaprox, Naprelan)

Used for relief of mild to moderate pain. Inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing the activity of the enzyme COX and thereby inhibiting production of prostaglandins.

Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)

Used to relieve mild to moderate pain and inflammation. Initially administer small dosages to patients with a small body size, elderly patients, and those with renal or liver disease. Doses >75 mg do not increase therapeutic effects. Administer high doses with caution, and closely observe patients for response.

Codeine/acetaminophen (Tylenol with codeine #3)

Drug combination indicated for treatment of mild to moderate pain.

Oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet)

Drug combination indicated to relieve moderate to severe pain. DOC for aspirin-hypersensitive patients.

Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen (Vicodin, Lortab, Norcet)

Drug combination indicated to relieve moderate to severe pain.

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