Analgesic Drugs

What is it?

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Drugs used to relieve pain. The 2 main types are nonopioid and opioid.

Nonopioid analgesics

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Nonopioid analgesics, which include aspirin, paracetamol, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are useful in the treatment of mild to moderate pain

Combination of drugs

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Combinations of a weak opioid analgesic, such as codeine, with a nonopioid analgesic relieve more severe pain

Potent Opioids

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Potent opioids such as morphine are used only when other preparations would be ineffective because they can produce tolerance and drug dependence.

What can occur with opioid analgesics?

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Nausea, drowsiness, constipation, and breathing difficulties may occur with opioid analgesics.
December 12, 2019

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