Pain Management

Managing Pain in the Older Patient Part 4

Challenges in Medicating the Senior Patient Choosing an appropriate dosage form of analgesic drug is essential to successfully manage pain in the older patient. Beyond the clinical recommendations, the pharmacist can be instrumental in providing information on products…

Managing Pain in the Older Patient Part 3

Drugs Used in Pain Management Pharmacologic options for pain management range from simple analgesics, such as acetaminophen or low-dose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) for the relief of mild to moderate chronic pain, to opioids for more severe pain…

Managing Pain in the Older Patient Part 2

Managing Pain   Clinical assessment of elderly patients must attempt to ascertain the presence of pain through both verbalized and nonverbalized symptoms. Selecting an optimal therapy depends on patient-specific criteria, including medical history, previous medications utilized, drug allergies,…

Managing Pain in the Older Patient Part 1

Older patients have a variety of chronic illnesses that may result in pain. However, the daily presence of pain often goes unrecognized and, therefore, untreated in both the community-dwelling and institutionalized elderly. Chronic pain may be the result…