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What types of pain medication should I take if I have a concussion?

In the first phase of concussion the person should not take any pain medications. A pain medication can “mask” symptoms, which could alert them to the presence of a more serious injury. After a concussion has been diagnosed, acetaminophen can be used; however it should not be given just to cover up headaches. Naproxen, aspirin, ibuprofen and other NSAID-type of medications should not be used at first because they may increase the risk of bleeding. 

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