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Ibuprofen as effective as morphine for fracture pain in children, study shows

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 03 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6581
  1. Emma Parish
  1. 1The BMJ

Ibuprofen should be the drug of choice for analgesia in children with uncomplicated extremity fractures, a study published this week in the journal of the Canadian Medical Association, CMAJ, has shown. It was as effective as oral morphine but produced fewer side effects.

The randomised, blinded trial showed that oral ibuprofen and oral morphine reduced pain scores in children by the same degree. Children tolerated ibuprofen well, with fewer reported adverse effects within 72 hours than for morphine.1

Researchers assessed children (5-17 years old) …

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