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If my child just had orthopedic surgery, does a non steroidal anti-inflammatory work just as well as a narcotic (morphine) for pain?


MedHead Confidence Score: 6
Amount Saved: $30 cost for morphine prescription post


MedHead Message:

Over the counter ibuprofen you find at your local market actually improves pain in your child just as well as morphine, without the significant side effects such as drowsiness or troubled breathing. Save the $30 to take your child to lunch. (after they recover, of course)


1. Poonai N, Datoo N, et. al. Oral morphine versus ibuprofen administered at home for postoperative orthopedic pain in children: a randomized controlled trial. CMAJ. 2017 Oct 10;189(40) 2. https://www.goodrx.com/morphine?drug-name=morphine


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