Ch 1: Medications that Treat Pain

About This Chapter

Study this helpful pharmacology chapter to review medications that treat pain. Any pharmacology student or healthcare professional can use these mobile-friendly study tools to strengthen their knowledge about these types of drugs.

Medications that Treat Pain - Chapter Summary

This collection of pharmacology lessons outlines several medications that are commonly prescribed to treat pain, such as cyclobenzaprine, methadone and ketamine. As you work through the chapter, you'll study the uses, side effects, classifications, pharmacology and structures of these drugs. You can also take a look at the functionality of anesthesia.

The chapter is entirely self-paced and available to study whenever you have free time. We've included plenty of lesson quizzes to help you make sure you fully understand these pharmacology topics. Our instructors are available to answer your questions, and you can access the chapter material on any computer or mobile device.

How It Helps

This chapter can benefit aspiring pharmacists, current pharmacology students or any healthcare professional who needs to take an introductory pharmacology course. These pain medication topics can be used as a convenient test preparation resources for school, training or continuing education purposes. The lessons are designed to help you learn new pain medication concepts or enhance your current understanding of these types of medications.

Skills Covered

This chapter will enable you to:

  • List the uses and side effects of cyclobenzaprine
  • Outline cyclobenzaprine's interactions and indications
  • Explain the structure and pharmacology of cyclobenzaprine
  • Define methadone and its mechanism of action
  • Understand methadone's drug classification and pharmacokinetics
  • Summarize the history of methadone and ketamine
  • Tell what ketamine is used for
  • Assess ketamine's side effects, mechanism of action and interactions with other drugs
  • Describe ketamine's indications and contraindications
  • Identify types of ketamine and the drug's classification
  • Analyze the pharmacology of ketamine, as well as its chemical structure
  • Be familiar with the pharmacology of anesthesia
  • Differentiate between local anesthesia and general anesthesia
  • Know how anesthesia works

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: Medications that Treat Pain
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What is Cyclobenzaprine? - Definition, Uses & Side Effects

1. What is Cyclobenzaprine? - Definition, Uses & Side Effects

Cyclobenzaprine is a medication used as a muscle relaxant, and it is often used to treat injuries or muscle spasms. Like any medication, it may cause side effects. We'll learn about this drug and its uses and side effects here.

Cyclobenzaprine: Interactions & Indications

2. Cyclobenzaprine: Interactions & Indications

Cyclobenzaprine is a type of medication that acts as a muscle relaxant, alleviating pain due to muscle strain or overuse. This lesson will look at some of the ways cyclobenzaprine is used and how it interacts with other drugs.

Cyclobenzaprine: Pharmacology & Structure

3. Cyclobenzaprine: Pharmacology & Structure

If you've ever had painful muscle spasms, you might have taken cyclobenzaprine. In this lesson, find out more about this drug's structure, classification, alternate names, and how it works.

Dexamethasone: Drug Interactions & Side Effects

4. Dexamethasone: Drug Interactions & Side Effects

Dexamethasone is a very useful drug for many conditions. Like any medication, there are many side effects and drug interactions that you should be aware of. We will review some of these in this lesson.

Dexamethasone: Uses & Dosage

5. Dexamethasone: Uses & Dosage

Dexamethasone is a prescription drug that has many different uses. In this lesson, we will learn about some of the different uses and dosages of this medication.

Gabapentin: Uses & Dosage

6. Gabapentin: Uses & Dosage

Shingles, epilepsy and restless legs syndrome might seem like disparate disorders. And they are, until you consider that they all have a similar potential treatment option called gabapentin.

Gabapentin: Side Effects & Drug Interactions

7. Gabapentin: Side Effects & Drug Interactions

This lesson links several drugs together with gabapentin in terms of the consequences their interactions may have. You'll also learn about some of the many side-effects of gabapentin.

Gabapentin: Abuse & Overdose

8. Gabapentin: Abuse & Overdose

Although many drugs might give you a 'high' if you abuse them, there's always the inevitable fall to a new low thereafter. This is true even for gabapentin. This lesson explores gabapentin's potential for abuse and signs of overdose.

Meloxicam: Side Effects & Drug Interactions

9. Meloxicam: Side Effects & Drug Interactions

Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat arthritis. This lesson discusses the side effects and interactions associated with this medication.

Meloxicam: Uses & Dosage

10. Meloxicam: Uses & Dosage

Be it due to old age or due to an aberrant immune system, arthritis can occur for these and other reasons. Find out how meloxicam might help people with arthritis in this lesson.

Meloxicam vs. Ibuprofen

11. Meloxicam vs. Ibuprofen

Meloxicam and ibuprofen are both commonly used NSAID pain medications. This lesson reviews their key similarities and differences, including their mechanism of action, dosing, indications, and risks.

Tramadol vs. Acetaminophen

12. Tramadol vs. Acetaminophen

Tramadol and acetaminophen are both medications that can be taken to relieve pain. It is often difficult to determine which type of pain medication is appropriate. This lesson will discuss the distinguishing features of the two types of medication.

Naproxen vs. Acetaminophen

13. Naproxen vs. Acetaminophen

This lesson is going to go over some of the many differences between naproxen and acetaminophen. You'll learn how they're classified differently, which one is safer to use while pregnant, and much more.

Acetaminophen vs. Paracetamol

14. Acetaminophen vs. Paracetamol

In this lesson, you're going to learn the difference between two drugs called acetaminophen and paracetamol. You'll also learn some alternative names for these drugs.

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