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Should I give pain medication immediately to someone who has a concussion?

In the first 24 hours after sustaining a concussion the person should not take any pain medications. A pain medication can “mask” symptoms, which could allow someone to return to activities with a concussion.
 
After the 24-hour period, should the concussed person experience a severe headache, I recommend taking an anti-inflammatory, over the counter, acetaminophen. NSAID-type medications like naproxen, aspirin and ibuprofen should not be used at first as they increase the risk of bleeding. Beyond this, I recommend that you ask your doctor for help with addressing any other pain. 

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