Analgesic Drugs and Pain Management

How to Take this Course

Course Overview: This course is intended to provide an overview of analgesic medications used to manage acute and chronic pain. For the latest information about indications, dosages, side effects, and precautions, nurses should consult a current drug reference book. The information provided focuses on the most commonly occurring adverse effects of analgesics, but does not mention every side effect that can potentially occur. Definitions for many of the terms used appears in the "Pain Management Glossary" at the end of the course. Please see Objectives for a specific list of the course goals.

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The target audience for this course is Registered nurses (RN’s) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) interested in increasing their knowledge base about how analgesic drugs work and how to use them most effectively.