Which medications in the drug class Analgesics are used in the treatment of Cholecystitis?

Updated: May 20, 2021
  • Author: Alan A Bloom, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Analgesics

Pain is a prominent feature of cholecystitis. The classic teaching is that morphine is not the agent of choice because of the possibility of increasing tone at the sphincter of Oddi. Meperidine has been shown to provide adequate analgesia without affecting the sphincter of Oddi and, therefore, is the drug of choice.

Meperidine (Demerol)

Meperidine is the drug of choice for pain control. It is an analgesic with multiple actions similar to those of morphine. It may produce less constipation, smooth muscle spasm, and depression of cough reflex than similar analgesic doses of morphine.

Hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Vicodin, Lortab 5/500, Lorcet-HD)

This drug combination is indicated for moderate to severe pain. Each tab/cap contains 5 mg hydrocodone and 500 mg acetaminophen.

Oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet, Tylox, Roxicet)

This drug combination is indicated for relief of moderate to severe pain. Each tab/cap contains 5 mg oxycodone and 325 mg acetaminophen.


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