Chapter 4. Pharmacology of Analgesic Drugs

  1. Alison Twycross Prinicipal Lecturer1,
  2. Stephanie J. Dowden Clinical Nurse Consultant2 and
  3. Elizabeth Bruce Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist3
  1. Stephanie J. Dowden Clinical Nurse Consultant

Published Online: 7 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322743.ch4

Managing Pain in Children: A Clinical Guide

Managing Pain in Children: A Clinical Guide

How to Cite

Dowden, S. J. (2009) Pharmacology of Analgesic Drugs, in Managing Pain in Children: A Clinical Guide (eds A. Twycross, S. J. Dowden and E. Bruce), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322743.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Children's Nursing, Kingston University and St George's University of London, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, London, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    Paediatric Palliative Care, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Subiaco, Perth, Australia (Formerly Clinical Nurse Consultant, Children's Pain Management Service, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia)

  3. 3

    Pain Control Service, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. Paediatric Palliative Care, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Subiaco, Perth, Australia (Formerly Clinical Nurse Consultant, Children's Pain Management Service, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia)

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405168946

Online ISBN: 9781444322743

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Keywords:

  • pharmacology of analgesic drugs;
  • pharmacology of analgesic drugs and enhancement of nurses' pain management practice;
  • pain misconceptions in children;
  • addiction, dependence and tolerance;
  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain Medicine [ANZCA];
  • pain management for opioid-tolerant patients;
  • pain undertreatment and consequential drug-seeking behaviour (pseudo-addiction);
  • pharmacokinetics, process of drug movement through body;
  • route of drug administration affecting speed of onset and therapeutic response;
  • World Health Organization (WHO) analgesic ladder

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Misconceptions

  • Addiction, Dependence and Tolerance

  • How Drugs Work

  • Routes of Drug Administration

  • Selection of Analgesic Drugs

  • Non-opioid analgesic drugs

  • Opioid analgesic drugs

  • Adjuvant analgesic drugs

  • Summary

  • References