Topical Analgesics as Alternative First Line Agents
As the opioid crises continues to loom over the landscape of pain management, there is a growing interest among practitioners for alternative analgesia and delivery systems. As such, topical and transdermal therapeutic options are being utilized with greater frequency among pain practitioners. This presentation will address the advantages that topical analgesics have over systemically administered analgesics, including the ability to provide effective analgesia with reduced systemic drug levels, a factor particularly beneficial to the elderly. Also discussed will be how topical analgesics differ from transdermal delivery systems in that the latter's goal is to deliver systemic rather than local effects.
The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of physicians, physician assistances, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and social workers involved in the treatment of patients with pain.
- Identify anatomic targets for topical medications
- Evaluate active ingredients well suited for topical delivery
- Differentiate various formulations of topically applied medication
- Discuss the potential adverse reactions of various topical preparation
Jeff Gudin, MD
Attending Physician, Anesthesiology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Statement of Need/Program Overview
As the opioid crisis continues to loom over the landscape of pain management, there is a growing interest among practitioners for alternative analgesia and delivery systems. As such, topical and transdermal therapeutic options are being utilized with greater frequency among pain practitioners. This presentation will address the advantages that topical analgesics have over systemically administered analgesics, including the ability to provide effective analgesia with reduced systemic drug levels, a factor particularly beneficial to the elderly. Also discussed will be how topical analgesics differ from transdermal delivery systems in that the latter's goal is to deliver systemic rather than local effects.
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Jeffrey Gudin, MD
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- 0.50 ACPE Pharmacy
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