Commonly used drugs for pain control

Commonly used drugs for pain control

What pharmacologic agents are commonly used for pain control? What is their reversal agent?

Opiates are commonly used to provide pain control. Commonly used opiates include fentanyl, morphine, and meperidine. Naloxone is used as a reversal agent for opiates and is typically administered intravenously. The effect of naloxone is usually visible in 2 to 3 minutes. However, its duration of action may be substantially shorter than many long-acting opiates, and repeated dosing may be necessary.


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