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The authors evaluated the published evidence to compare the effectiveness of oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with that of other oral analgesics such as opioids and acetaminophen for pain in acute musculoskeletal injury.
The authors observe that NSAIDs are at least as effective as other analgesics to control pain and may, in fact, be more beneficial in terms of fewer adverse effects compared with narcotics.
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are at least as effective as other oral analgesics (opioids, acetaminophen) in relieving pain in the first few days after an acute musculoskeletal injury. Evidence also indicates that using NSAIDs results in fewer adverse events than using narcotics (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, systematic review of randomized controlled trials [RCTs], as well as individual RCTs).