Pharmacotherapy of pain

  • Michael Serpell


In order to prescribe for and treat painful conditions pharmacologically it is important to know whether the pain to be treated is nociceptive, neuropathic or mixed in nature. Neuropathic pain in particular may not respond to conventional analgesics. A simple and successful way to use analgesics in most pain conditions requires application of the World Health Organization (WHO) pain ladder [1] and use of multimodal analgesia. This chapter will focus on non-opioid, opioid and anti-neuropathic analgesic medications in current usage and will comment on their efficacy and safe prescription.


Neuropathic Pain Cancer Pain NMDA Antagonist Strong Opioid Neuropathic Pain Condition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Serpell
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  1. 1.University Department of AnaesthesiaGartnavel General HospitalGlasgowScotland

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