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The pharmacology of the drugs used in acute pain 

The pharmacology of the drugs used in acute pain
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The pharmacology of the drugs used in acute pain
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Lesley Bromley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199234721.003.0002
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date: 16 June 2019

Drug treatment is the mainstay of acute pain management.

An understanding of the pharmacology of the drugs used is essential for rational acute pain management.

Drugs that have a primary analgesic action have been used traditionally.

Recently, adjunct drugs and combinations have been shown to be more effective than analgesics alone.

In the past 20 years, the route of administration and the timing of analgesic drugs have played a greater part in efficient acute pain management.

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