Acute Pain Management in Patients With Opioid Tolerance

Adebola Adesoye, PharmD, BCPS; Nakia Duncan, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS


US Pharmacist. 2017;42(3):28-33. 

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Treatment Goals for Acute Pain

As outlined in the clinical practice guidelines, goals for acute pain management include 1) early intervention, with frequent regimen adjustments for uncontrolled pain; 2) reduction of pain to an acceptable level determined by the patient; and 3) facilitation of recovery from the underlying disease or injury.[16]

It is also important to aim for prevention of adverse drug events and opioid-withdrawal symptoms; improved quality of life; and assistance with any social, psychiatric, or behavioral components that may hinder effective pain management.[4,5,8] Ultimately, the goal is to achieve a regimen that adequately relieves the patient's pain without any undue treatment burden, such as harmful side effects.