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The pharmacology of the drugs used in acute pain

Lesley Bromley

in Acute Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199234721
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191739972 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199234721.003.0002

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

The pharmacology of the drugs used in acute pain

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Drug treatment is the mainstay of acute pain management.

An understanding of the pharmacology of the drugs used is essential for rational acute pain management.

Drugs that have a primary analgesic action have been used traditionally.

Recently, adjunct drugs and combinations have been shown to be more effective than analgesics alone.

In the past 20 years, the route of administration and the timing of analgesic drugs have played a greater part in efficient acute pain management.

Chapter.  3814 words. 

Subjects: Critical Care ; Pain Medicine

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