Several classes of drugs can be used in the management of acute pain: acetaminophen, salicylates, miscellaneous mild analgesics, nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and opioids. Last month, the role of acetaminophen, salicylates, and NSAIDs was explored. This month, in the conclusion of the series, the role of opioids is discussed. Opioids are used for more severe pain states, with morphine being an inexpensive standard of comparison for this class of compounds. Also presented is this article is a sample formulary of analgesic agents and regimens for consideration by clinicians involved in direct patient care or in the formulary decision- making process.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmaceutical Science