Pain management through pharmacologic (or medical) care means symptomatic relief is achieved using over-the-counter and prescription medications. Selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are a type of antidepressant drug and particularly effective in treating chronic neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and other painful conditions. Typically prescribed by a pain management physician, SNRIs help to relieve pain, but address symptoms like depression and fatigue as well. The pain management physicians at the Regional Pain Institute prescribe SNRI medications to patients whose condition fits the necessary treatment profile. By contacting us or requesting a first appointment, we’ll be able to determine if pharmacologic pain management through the use of SNRIs is a good treatment approach for you, and if so, what type if drug would prove most effective.
How SNRIs Work to Provide Pain Relief
Norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and epinephrine (adrenalin) are substances naturally released by nerve cells and allow the body to react well in stressful situations. Selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors increase the levels of norepinephrine and epinephrine by inhibiting their reabsorption (reuptake) into cells in the brain. Higher levels of these substances are known to have analgesic qualities and enhance neurotransmission – the sending of nerve impulses – which improves and elevates alertness, energy, and mood. There are many different kinds of selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. While one may be suitable for chronic daily tension headaches, others are more so appropriate for diabetic neuropathy. The pain management physicians at the Regional Pain Institute will be able to advise you on what SNRI drug is best for your acute or chronic pain condition.
What you Need to Know before Taking SNRIs as Pain Treatment
Similar to most medications used in pharmacologic pain management, there are a number of side effects to consider before taking SNRIs as treatment. This type of pain medication can cause a cough and sore throat, nausea, insomnia, constipation, weight loss, sexual dysfunction, and dilated pupils. Patients who experience high blood pressure after taking the drug are asked to have their blood pressure monitored frequently during treatment or therapy. If other pain medications prove unsuccessful in providing you with pain relief, selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors may be a viable alternative. Contact the treatment center at the Regional Pain Institute to see if you are a candidate for SNRI therapy.