Metacarpal Fracture and Dislocation Medication

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: David R Steinberg, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

The goals of pharmacotherapy in patients with metacarpal fractures and/or dislocations are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications.



Class Summary

Pain control is essential to quality patient care. It ensures patient comfort, promotes pulmonary toilet, and enables physical therapy regimens. Many analgesics have sedating properties, which are beneficial for patients that have sustained injuries.

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Acetaminophen and codeine (Tylenol with Codeine)

Combines the analgesic effects of centrally acting opium-derived alkaloid (codeine) and peripherally acting nonopioid analgesic (acetaminophen). Indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate pain.

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

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

Effective in relieving mild to moderate acute pain but has no peripheral anti-inflammatory effects. May be preferred in elderly patients because of reduced GI and renal adverse effects.