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All-Ohio Medical School Opioid Use Disorder Collaborative Curriculum

Funded by Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

A6.2. Session Overview - A plan for the measurement of pain: Pharmacotherapy of pain

The goal of this session is to discuss the medicinal chemistry (including neurotransmitters involved in nociception), pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapeutics of opioids (including antagonists) and nonopioid analgesics, and adjuvants in an evidence-based framework.  Nonopioid analgesics to be discussed include acetaminophen, salicylates, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  Adjuvants include corticosteroids, anticonvulsants (including gabapentinoids), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, and topical analgesics.  Special considerations for treating children, older adults, and persons with substance abuse disorders will be covered.  This session will also include comparisons and contrasts of the opioid analgesics, as well as equianalgesic conversion methods, and monitoring parameters.

Instructional Strategies: Lecture/Discussion, Team-based Learning, Online learning modules, 8 hours

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe clinically useful characteristics of analgesics and adjuvants. 
  2. Develop an individualized analgesic regimen and monitoring parameters.

Author: Scott Strassels, MD

School: Ohio State University

Curriculum Template - Pharmacology of pain_Strassels 8-19-2019

Presentation - Pharmacology-pain and addiction_Strassels 8-19-2019

Presentation - Pharmacology-Pain Assessment_Strassels 8-19-2019

Presentation - Pharmacology-Analgesics_Strassels 8-19-2019

Presentation - Pharmacology: Definitions and Principles_Strassels 8-19-2019

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