Medication Management

Both prescription and nonprescription medications are often used alone or in conjunction with other treatments to control chronic pain. Some medications are effective immediately while others may take weeks to reduce pain. Be sure to take all medications exactly as prescribed. Also, for your safety, make sure that your doctor is informed of all prescriptions or over-the-counter medications you are taking.

Medication Options

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Acetaminophen
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen
Tricyclic antidepressants
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
Corticosteroids
Anticonvulsants
Topical analgesics
Capsaicin
Topical cooling spray
Opiate pain relievers

Medication can be an effective part of long-term treatment for chronic pain. However, when used daily and over a long period of time, your body can build up a tolerance to some medications, causing them to lose effectiveness. In addition, long-term use of opiate pain relievers can lead to a physical dependence. These issues highlight the need to have your medication strategy managed by a highly experienced pain management professional.

Medication sensitivity testing is a service offered by American Pain Treatment. This simple test measures how well your body handles certain medications. The results of this test assist your physician in prescribing medications and dosages that are better suited to your needs and limits.