Adjuvant Analgesics

ISBN : 9780199891818

David Lussier; Pierre Beaulieu
176 Pages
128 x 203 mm
Pub date
May 2015
Oxford American Pain Library
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Collective knowledge of the origins and pharmacology of pain are evolving rapidly, providing increased hope for better pain management and a far greater quality of life for patients worldwide. However, there are few works dedicated to guiding primary care practitioners and clinical researchers through the use of adjuvant analgesics. Part of the Oxford American Pain Library, Adjuvant Analgesics provides a detailed discussion of the various classes of these drugs including antidepressants and anticonvulsants, cannabinoids, topical analgesics, and local anesthetics. Chapters cover a basic introduction to adjuvant analgesics for pain control, appropriate clinical applications of the various drug classes in the management of common pain problems, and on drug-drug interactions between adjuvant analgesics and traditional analgesics. Important pain entities such as acute postoperative, cancer-related, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia are addressed, filling an important gap in today's medical literature.


1. Overview of Pain Management
2. Classification of Analgesics
3. Antidepressants Analgesics
4. Analgesic Anticonvulsants
5. Cannabinoids as Adjuvant Analgesics
6. Local Anesthetics
7. NMDA Antagonists as Analgesic Adjuvants
8. Topical Adjuvant Analgesics
9. Choice of Analgesic Based on Type of Pain
9.1 Drug Treatment of Neuropathic Pain
9.2 Adjuvant Analgesics for Cancer-related Pain
9.3 Rheumatic Pain and Fibromyalgia
9.4 Acute Postoperative Pain
10. Drug-drug Interactions of Adjuvant Analgesic Agents
David R.P. Guay

About the author: 

Dr. David Lussier is and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Institute of Geriatrics of Montreal, University of Montreal and the Alan-Edwards Centre for Research in Pain at McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Pierre Beaulieu is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology at the University of Montreal and The Hospital of the University of Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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