Even if an underlying disease process is considered stable, untreated and uncontrolled pain takes a major toll on the patient. It may prevent them from doing things as simple as enjoying everyday activities and or working. There are many causes and factors that lead to chronic pain, making it much more difficult to manage compared to an acute pain. Customized treatments and approaches may be taken to meet the specific and individual needs of each patient.
Pain Management Medications
Treatment for chronic pain will include the used of pain management medication with pain-relieving properties and may include
- Antiviral agents
- Antiarrhythmic Agents
- NMDA Antagonists
NMDA-antagonists, like ketamine and dextromethorphan, block pain transmission in dorsal horn spinal neurons, decrease tolerance and the needs for opioid analgesics, and reduce nociception. By altering the sensation of pain, the combination of these various agents have shown that smaller medication concentrations may be used.
Pain Management Medications can be compounded to manage pain levels while meeting the exact needs of the patient. Transdermal and topical creams or gels may be formulated to create high concentrations of medications at the exact site of pain. Compounding a chemical into a transdermal gel allows medications to bypass the gastrointestinal system and metabolism. Our compounding pharmacists can customize medications to the exact dosage form, strength, and combination most effective for patients.