In this video, Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, talks about the basic tenets of pharmacologic chronic pain treatment. Dr. McPherson, who is professor and vice chair of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and president of the American Society of Pain Educators, highlights the importance of conducting a comprehensive assessment of patient's pain compliant and talks about the use of rational polypharmacy.
Even short-term treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is associated with significant increases in bleeding and cardiovascular event risk in patients receiving antithrombotic therapy after a heart attack.
Most people hear “hospice” and think “cancer,” but many end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients also receive hospice care when their caregivers can no longer provide the medical attention they need.
Narcotics are not recommended for managing chronic pain in children with inflammatory bowel disease, due to gastrointestinal side effects and potential dependence. Nevertheless, researchers have uncovered that long-term narcotic use is more than twice as prevalent in pediatric IBD patients compared with the general population.