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Pharmacological Treatment of Pain

While medications are often prescribed for all types of chronic pain, research has consistently shown that several classes have proven efficacy for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Ideally, pharmacotherapy of pain would be specifically selected on the basis of considerations of etiology (e.g., ischemic, neuropathic), pathophysiology (e.g., demyelination, central pain), and anatomy (e.g., C fibers,… Read More »

Pharmacological Treatment Of Restless Legs Syndrome

Dopaminergic Agents in the Treatment Of Restless Legs Syndrome Levodopa was the first dopaminergic agent found effective in restless legs syndrome and has since shown evidence of efficacy in controlled trials. Benes et al. found improved quality of sleep, reduced sleep latency, and better quality of life with levodopa / benserazide given in a single… Read More »

Drugs for Treatment of Chronic Pain

The purpose of this post is to go over the various types of medications that can be used for the treatment of pain. Many of the medications have been discussed previously, but this post attempts to consolidate these various medications. There are two more pain states that need to be discussed: chronic pain, which persists… Read More »

Weak Opiates

• Codeine — has a weak affinity to mu opioid receptors; it is about 15% as potent as morphine (the opiate “gold standard”). It has a 2.5 to 3 hour half-life; major side effects include constipation and nausea; dosages greater than 65 mg every four to six hours are not appropriate. • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Vicoprofen,… Read More »