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NOTE: This course provides less than 1 hour of continuing education credit and will not be accepted in states that require CE courses to provide a minimum of 1 hour of continuing education in a single learning session (e.g., Florida). For information on current CE requirements in your state, consult your state's licensure board for nurses.

This is the second of four programs on pain management, which has always been an integral part of patient care. In this four-part series we examine the patient's pain experiences and learn how these experiences impact the caregiver's pain management strategies. This second program will examine the three major groups of medications used to treat and manage pain: non-opioids, opioids, and adjuvants. We will also examine pain's etiology and expected treatment cycle. Using this approach, we classify pain as: acute, chronic non-malignant, and chronic malignant.

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overall and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Study the Content.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.

    This workbook describes the major types of pain medications, their appropriate uses and the treatment cycle for three types of pain: acute, chronic and chronic malignant. The material is organized around the following categories:

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Non-opioid
  • Opioids
  • Adjuvant Medications
  • Pain Treatment Cycle
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others an overview of the main types of pain medications, and their use in different types of pain management.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the uses of non-opioid pain medications.
  • Explain the uses of opioid pain medications.
  • Describe the uses of adjuvant medications.
  • Explain the differences between acute, chronic and chronic malignant pain.

    Demerol is a registered trademark of Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dexedrine is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline Inc. Dilaudid is a registered trademark of Abbott Laboratories Elavil is a registered trademark of Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals., Inc. Narcan is a registered trademark of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. Ritalin and Lioresal are registered trademarks of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Tofranil and Pamelor are registered trademarks of Mallinckrodt IncTorodal is a registered trademark of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.

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