adjuvant analgesic

Adjuvant Analgesic

A 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.

adjuvant analgesic

Pain management An ancillary agent with independent or additive analgesic properties, which allows a ↓ in the amount of analgesics needed to relieve symptoms in Pts with CA, AIDS, and other dread disease
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Adjuvant analgesics include antidepressants and antiepileptic drugs used for the treatment of neuropathic pain.
The physiological evidence supports the inclusion of medication previously considered as coanalgesics or adjuvant analgesics as primary analgesics.
combined with NSAIDS, adjuvant analgesics, tricyclic antidepressants and
Mild to moderate cases also may require adjuvant analgesics, anticonvulsants, and antidepressants.
nonprescription analgesics and anesthetics including systemic and topical formulations, as well as prescription analgesics and anesthetics including prescription NSAIDs, opioid analgesics, opioid/nonopioid combination analgesics, antimigraine analgesics, adjuvant analgesics, and general/regional/local anesthetics) and pain management devices (e.
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