Articles  |   July 2020
NSAIDs in Pain Management: New Clinical Avenues to Explore
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Articles   |   July 2020
NSAIDs in Pain Management: New Clinical Avenues to Explore
ASA Monitor 7 2020, Vol.84, 1-6.
ASA Monitor 7 2020, Vol.84, 1-6.
The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in pain management is not a new concept, and with a number of over-the-counter options, these agents are a common choice among patients. Given the ongoing opioid crisis and the prioritization of enhanced recovery, there has been a renewed interest in these medications.
“NSAIDs have been used for a long time in pain management,” noted Tina Doshi, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine. “They are step one in managing chronic pain, in part, because of the number of available NSAIDs, including over-the-counter drugs.
“Unlike other pain medications, they do not typically cause problems with the central nervous system and have very little, if any, psychotropic effect,” she continued. “With growing awareness of the risks associated with chronic opioid use, NSAIDs have become an attractive option.”
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