Medication Use

Occasionally medication may be required in the post injury period.
Simple analgesics such as aspirin and paracetamol) and anti-inflammatory drugs have not been demonstrated to provide effective relief of symptoms or lessening of their duration.
Remember, in the acute stages (24-72 hours)  they may even exacerbate bleeding tendencies with catastrophic effect inside the skull.
A variety of medications may be prescribed by specialists experienced in dealing with post concussive symptoms.
However the athlete must have ceased all medications and be symptom-free before returning to play.

  • No evidence for efficacy and safety of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other medication in management of sport concussion
  • May be helpful for symptoms of post-concussive symptoms (typically all off-label uses)
    • Sleep aids, attention-deficit disorder (ADD) medications, non-conventional headache medications, antidepressives
  • Athlete must be off medication and symptom-free before return to sports
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