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Ibuprofen is the drug of choice for pericarditis. It works as an anti-inflammatory minimizing pericardial irritation. It also acts as an analgesic pain medication. However, ibuprofen is not used if the person has a heart attack with pericarditis because it may interfere with cardiac healing.
Other medications may be considered depending upon the underlying cause of the pericarditis. It is important to note that the vast majority of cases are idiopathic and have no recognizable cause.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/25/2014
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