pharmacology for pain

Are non opioid medications addicting?
Non opioid meds are non addicting

Which drug does NOT have anti inflammatory effects?
Acetaminophen (tylenol)

Which non NSAID medication is safe in children and elderly?
Acetaminophen (tylenol)

What is the MAJOR adverse effect of Acetaminophen (tylenol)?
liver toxicity

What is the maximum dose of tylenol?

what is the #1 cause of liver failure in the US?
Acetaminophen (tylenol)

what is the antidote for a Acetaminophen (tylenol) overdose?
Acetylcysteine (Mucomyst) & must take within 8 hours for it to work

What s/s are associated with a drug overdose?
abdominal pain, n/v

How do NSAIDS work?
prevent COX enzymes from releasing prostaglandins that cause pain, fever, and inflammation

What does the COX-1 enzyme effect?
stomach-protect mucosa

what does the COX-2 enzyme effect?
Site of injury-inflammation
Brain-pain sensation, fever

What NSAID blocks COX-1 and COX-2
Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)

* What are the side effects from NSAIDS?
Gastric irritation (ex. ulcers)
Decreased kidney function
Bleeding (decreased platelet aggregation which can be positive or negative

What drugs are part of the NSAID group?
Ibuprofen (Motrin, Alive)
Aspirin (ASA)
Celecoxib (Celebrex)

It is important to know the patient’s ______________ status because Ibuprofen is hard on this organ?

It is important to watch for this when taking Ibuprofen?
GI irritation and bleeding, hemoptysis (bloody sputum)

What is the maximum dose of Ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen should be taken with what to decrease GI bleeding and upset?

COX-2 enzyme inhibitor selectively blocks what?
Site of injury-inflammation
Brain-sensation of pain, fever

COX-2 inhibitors have less what?
less GI irritation
less platelet effects

What drug is a COX-2 inhibitor?
Celecoxib (Celebrex)

What patient would be given Celecoxib (Celebrex)?
A patient at risk for GI toxicity and at low cardiovascular risk who requires NSAID therapy

What characteristic makes Aspirin (ASA) unique?
anti platelet

Must administer Aspirin (ASA) with food to decrease the chances of what?
GI upset, heartburn, bleeding, tinnitus (ringing in ears)

NSAIDS and ASA can cause what?

why should children should NEVER take aspirin?
Reyes syndrome

what is Reye syndrome?
serious pathological condition associated with swelling of liver and brain

What was the 1st opioid?

Fentanyl and oxycodone are in what drug class?

What are the common side effects of opioids?
Urticaria/Pruritus (Hives/Itching)

What is the prototype for opioids?

What are the side effects of Morphine?
Miosis (pin point pupils)
Orthostatic hypotension
Respiratory depression
Physical dependency
Histamine release
Increased ICP
Euphoria (feeling unstoppable)

What does morphine relieve pain from?
Heart attack, pulmonary edema, and left ventricular failure

What is the antidote for morphine and will usually be prescribed along with it?
Naloxone (Narcan)

When should Narcan be administered?
When RR < 8bpm

When should you be monitoring respirations?

How should Narcan be administered?
Slowly (unless an emergency)

What is an opioid antagonist?

What are some nursing considerations when administering Morphine?
Know baseline respiratory rate
assess pupil size
risk for falls in the elderly

What are adjuvant pain medications?
Drugs that are used primarily for treating conditions other than pain, but may have analgesic effects

Anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and corticosteroids are all under what class?
Adjuvant Medications

What causes gout?
build of uric acid because it can’t excrete or are overproducing, arthritis like symptoms

What is the adjuvant medication taken for gout?
Allopurinol (Zyloprim)

What is the adjuvant medication taken for migraines and cluster headaches?
Sumatriptan (Imitrex)

What is the drug of choice in pediatric patients?
Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

What two drugs can be alternated between for fever and pain in a pediatric patient?
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)

What is the drug of choice in geriatric patients?
Acetaminophen (Tylenol), unless contraindicated such as liver disease/failure

Are narcotics more likely to cause side effects in the older adult?

The older adult may be afraid of addiction?

What is the list of potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults called?
Beers Critera

What is Celecoxib (Celebrex) used for?
rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

What is a common ingredient in OTC cold medicine?
Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

What drug shouldn’t you give if allergy to sulfonamides, NSAIDs, or ASA, don’t give in renal disease?
Celecoxib (Celebrex)

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