Medication management ensures you only take drugs that help your condition and minimizes adverse effects. At NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin’s offices in Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, and North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, patients can benefit from ongoing medication management reviews for long-term problems like arthritis and fibromyalgia. Call your nearest NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin office today.
Medication management involves seeing the NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin team regularly to review your prescription medicines.
Drugs can be essential for managing long-term medical conditions ranging from psychiatric disorders to high blood pressure. Patients often require multiple medications to treat various issues. Taking medications can present certain problems:
All medications can cause side effects. Some are unpleasant but tolerable, like sleepiness and nausea, and others are more dangerous, causing issues like organ damage.
Some medicines affect how others work, increasing or decreasing effectiveness and occasionally producing toxic combinations. Prescription drugs can also interact with certain herbal remedies, over-the-counter medications, supplements, and even some foods.
If you have to take medications, you might forget some, think you don’t need them, or worry about the adverse effects they could cause. Or you might not be taking your medications as instructed — for example, swallowing pills before eating instead of afterward.
Medication management addresses all these problems, ensuring your medicines are safe, that you take them properly, and that you understand their benefits. Critically, medication management also provides ongoing evaluation so you get the optimal results from your prescriptions.
The NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin team uses various medications to treat pain, including:
NSAIDs like ibuprofen are available over the counter, but there are also stronger ones only your doctor can prescribe.
Steroid medicines reduce inflammation, but they can cause side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding when taken orally. Pain management experts usually administer steroids by injecting them directly into the source of your pain.
Muscle relaxant medicines reduce muscle spasms and calm irritated muscle fibers.
Tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline are proven to control nerve pain. Selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) can also ease chronic pain.
Antiseizure medications like gabapentin are another effective nerve pain treatment.
Opioids are prescription-only painkillers such as codeine, hydromorphone, and oxycodone. They’re closely related to morphine and the illegal narcotic heroin. Opioids effectively reduce moderate to severe acute pain, but their effects often lessen if you take them for long periods. You need more to achieve the same effect as your body gets used to them.
Opioids may cause serious side effects and are highly addictive, so the NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin team manages their use carefully. If you are prescribed an opioid, you will have regular medication management appointments to avoid addiction and monitor the time you spend on the medication.
Call NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin today for more information on medication management.