Adjuvant AnalgesicA generic term for a medication (e.g., antidepressants, anticonvulsants) which is not designed to manage pain, but which has effects that can help reduce the need for designated analgesics. Adjuvant analgesics are reportedly of use in managing neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia and other pain syndromes. In contrast to non-opioid analgesics, adjuvant analgesics require a doctor’s prescription.
Examples Baclofen, gabapentin, ketamine, phloroglucinol, tramadol.
Pain management An ancillary agent with independent or additive analgesic properties, which allows a decreased in the amount of analgesics needed to relieve symptoms that compromise the quality of life in patients with CA, AIDS, and other dread disease.