The use of analgesics in the management of pain in rheumatic diseases.
Pain is the most common complaint of patients who see rheumatologists. In this article, the current treatment options for pain are reviewed; these include acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, new specific cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors, opioid analgesics, centrally acting muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and topical analgesics and counterirritants. The doses of medication and known adverse effects of these medications are highlighted.
Moreland, LW; St Clair, EW
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