Data from a study published in the October issue of Canadian Medical Association Journal suggest that ibuprofen may be preferred to morphine for pain relief in pediatric patients who have undergone minor outpatient orthopaedic surgery. 

The authors conducted a randomized controlled trial of 132 children aged 5 to 17 years, of whom 65 received morphine and 67 received ibuprofen. They found no significant difference in pain score across cohorts. However, they noted adverse events in 45 (69 percent) of patients given morphine and 26 (39 percent) of patients given ibuprofen. Learn more...

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