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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Medical Pharmacologic Pain Management / Medications

Adjunctive Medication Management

Adjunctive means “added” or “in addition to”. In interventional pain management, the use of more than one medication can be common. This means that providers can “add” medications to the treatment plan, which further enhances the process of pain relief. The use of multiple medications, also known as polypharmacy, can be crucial to patients in achieving their optimal levels of pain control. In interventional pain management, the use of adjunctive medications such as anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, muscle relaxants, benzodiazepines, corticosteroids, etc, can be pertinent in achieving long-term pain relief. Sometimes these medications are “added” to the use of opioids for treatment of pain. It is crucial that your provider knows any and all medications that you are on. With the increase number of medications (polypharmacy) that a patient is taking, there is an increase likelihood of adverse events, side effects, and/or life threatening events. With close medication management, safe and optimal pain control can be achieved.