Medication Management

Both prescription and nonprescription medications are often used alone or in conjunction with other treatments to control pain. Some medications are effective immediately while others may take weeks to reduce pain. Our pain specialists will work with your prescribing physician to develop a plan that works for you, but will not start or take over a prescription for pain medication. Since pain medication is often masking an underlying issue, our specialized team would rather solve your pain at the source instead of continuing medication. Make sure that your doctor is informed of all prescriptions or over-the-counter medications you are taking.

Medication Options

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Acetaminophen
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen
Tricyclic antidepressants
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
Corticosteroids
Anticonvulsants
Topical analgesics
Capsaicin
Topical cooling spray
Opiate pain relievers

When used daily and over a long period of time, your body can build up a tolerance to some medications, causing them to lose effectiveness. In other cases, too much pain medication can actually start to work against you, making your body more sensitive to pain. Long-term use of opiate pain relievers can lead to a physical dependence. These issues highlight the need to have your medication reviewed by a highly experienced pain specialist. If you have concerns about pain medication you are currently taking, our team can help you move off your medication through private in-patient care.

Medication sensitivity testing is a service offered by the Heilman Center in Michigan. This simple test measures how well your body handles certain medications. The results of this test assist your physician in understanding how medications and dosages are affecting your pain and overall health.