About adjuvant drugs




Local anesthetics

About adjuvant drugs

Adjuvant analgesics are medications that are not usually thought of as pain relievers--all the members of this group are primarily intended for the treatment of other conditions. However, they may be important in the relief of pain in certain specific situations.

They are most often used in combination with narcotics (opioids) in the treatment of cancer pain, although they may occasionally be used alone. They are most useful in situations where pain is not relieved well (either not at all or not fully) by narcotics.

The main categories of adjuvant analgesics are corticosteroids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and local anesthetics.

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