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Medication Management

Advanced Pain Solutions -  - Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Advanced Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management Specialists Located in Grand Rapids and Ionia, MI

Medication is often the first treatment for many types of pain conditions. However, the use of stronger pain medications requires an increased level of care and supervision and they are only prescribed with ongoing medication management. Whether you need a non-opioid or opioid medication, appropriate medication management at Advanced Pain Solutions protects your health and helps avoid problems with the misuse of medication. Serving the greater West Michigan area, the specialists also provide in-office treatment for opioid use disorders and addiction, allowing you to comfortably detox without hospitalization. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Ionia, Michigan, or connect online.

Medication Management Q & A


What is medication management?

Most patients are used to getting a prescription and taking the medication without scheduling regular appointments with their doctor. That works well when you need a short-term medication for a common problem like a bacterial infection.

When you have chronic pain, however, you may need to take strong medications for an extended time. When that happens, you need ongoing supervision because all pain medications have the potential to cause side effects.

Opioid use may also increase the chance of developing an opioid use disorder or an addiction. Additionally, your provider monitors the drug’s effectiveness to ensure you have the best dose and medication.

For all these reasons, you have regular appointments at Advanced Pain Solutions so your provider can evaluate your ongoing health and manage your medications.

 

What types of pain-relieving medication might I receive?

While the type of medication you receive depends on the cause and severity of your pain, your treatment from Advanced Pain Solutions begins with non-opioid options, then may progress to include opioids if clinically indicated by your provider.

There are many different medications available to alleviate pain. Each one works using slightly different pathways in your body. These are a few classes of pain-relieving medications:

  • Analgesics, which relieve pain but not inflammation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which reduce inflammation and pain
  • Steroids, which significantly reduce inflammation
  • Muscle relaxants, which relieve pain from cramped or tight muscles
  • Antidepressants, which relieve chronic pain even if you don’t have depression
  • Anticonvulsants, which reduce pain signals from damaged nerves
  • Narcotics (opioids), which stop pain messages from your brain to your body

Anesthetics are also effective pain relievers and may produce long-lasting relief when injected at the nerves transmitting pain signals to your brain.

 

How does medication management help with opioid dependency?

If you feel you have become addicted to opioids, Advanced Pain Solutions offers treatment with buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Sublocade®). 

Buprenorphine is highly effective for detoxing from opioids. It relieves withdrawal symptoms and stops opioid cravings.  

Advanced Pain Solutions closely supervises your detox, initially administering the medication in the office and gradually giving you a prescription so you can continue to take the medicine at home. However, you need to go in for regular appointments and follow up with counseling.

To schedule an appointment, call the office or connect online.

 

 

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