Depending on your acute or chronic pain condition, the pain management physicians at the Regional Pain Institute may recommend pharmacologic pain management as the first line of treatment. Although over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription (Rx) medications may not eradicate all of your pain, they may reduce how much pain you have and how often it occurs. Less pain, less frequently could very well be the key to the type of pain relief that leads to a better quality of life. If pharmacologic management is determined an effective means of alleviating your pain symptoms, our pain management physicians may administer, prescribe, or recommend one of the following types of medications.

Type

Application

Narcotics (Opioids)/Analgesics

Usually short-term acute pain control

Muscle Relaxants

Relieve muscle spasms and cramping

Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Reduce inflammation and pain

Corticosteroids

Suppress inflammation and pain

Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)

Improve depression, pain, and fatigue

Anti-convulsants

Limit irregular increases in central nervous system electrical activity

While some of these medications may be used in combination, others cannot. Your physician will know the difference and advise you on treatment accordingly. As with most forms of pain treatment, there are risks and potential side effects to prescribed or over-the-counter medications that should be considered. Specific to pharmacologic pain management, additional considerations include drug interactions, possible addiction, or liver damage. During initial consultations, be sure to inform your physician about any allergies, current medications, and use of vitamins or herbal supplements.

Before we can determine if pharmacologic pain management is an appropriate treatment for your acute or chronic pain condition, we will conduct a thorough medical history and examination, and assess potential risks for medication abuse, misuse, or addiction. Our physicians will want to know about the medical history of you and your family to discern predisposed or genetic conditions. If medications are administered, the pain management physicians at the Regional Pain Institute will continuously assess your condition to monitor pain intensity, level of functioning, and adherence to prescribed treatments. To find out if pharmacologic pain management may be effective in alleviating your symptoms and providing relief, contact our pain treatment center today.