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Adv Skin Wound Care. 2017 Mar;30(3):137-142. doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000512112.60254.28.

The Effect of Oral Medication on Wound Healing.

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Jeffrey M. Levine, MD, AGSF, CWSP • Attending Physician • Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai • New York, New York.



The purpose of this learning activity is to provide information about the effects of oral medications on wound healing.


This continuing education activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:1. Identify oral medications that aid in wound healing.2. Recognize oral medications that interfere with wound healing.


Given the accelerated medical discoveries of recent decades, there is a surprising lack of oral medications that directly improve wound healing. Of the oral medications available, most target ancillary aspects of wound care such as pain management, infection mitigation, and nutrition. This article describes oral pharmacologic agents intended to build new tissue and aid in wound healing, as well as an introduction to oral medications that interfere with wound healing. This review will not discuss the pharmacology of pain management or treatment of infection, nor will it address nutritional supplements.

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