The opioid analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and acetaminophen are often thought of as the primary analgesic medications with other medication classes that may provide relief considered as “adjuvant” medications. However, some of these other medications including certain of the antidepressants can provide marked analgesia and are considered primary analgesics for a number of pain conditions.
Try this short test of your analgesic adjuvant IQ.
1. For which of the following conditions are antidepressants considered to be first line analgesics.
A. Postherpetic neuralgia
C. Diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain
D. A and C only
E. All of the above