A 69-year-old female asked:
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pain for bruised ribs. what can i take to help the pain?

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Dr. Warren Wolfe
57 years experience Family Medicine
NSAIDs: Those are medicines like Aleve, (naproxen) Aspirin and a few prescription medications. Normally it should take a couple of weeks to heal. You could also try capsacin an OTC cream. As long as there is no fracture have patience.
Answered on Jun 1, 2020
Dr. Norma jo Waxman
32 years experience Family Medicine
NSAIDS: Ibuprofen, the generic for Motrin, or naproxen, the generic for Aleve, are both good options. Bruised ribs can take awhile to heal and can hurt just as much as a fracture. Remember to take regular deep breaths when you have bruised or fractured ribs so that you don't develop lung infections.
Answered on Nov 9, 2019
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