Dos and Don’ts: Safe Prescribing of OTC Analgesics
For many patients with pain, their first choice for pain management is an over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic. In addition, patients without medical or prescription insurance coverage may rely heavily on OTC treatments. Despite the OTC status from the FDA, the OTC analgesics can pose some real risks in some patients. For patient safety, pain providers need to be aware of the available agents and specific products used by their patients. OTC analgesics, when used carefully, can be an effective part of a patient’s pain management plan.
Faculty: Shauna Pittman, PharmD
This 1-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Discuss the commonly used OTC analgesic compounds available in the US, mechanism of action, and FDA-approved OTC dosing.
- Discuss the precautions to be taken based on adverse effects and use in specific patient populations.
- Illustrate suggested dosing and monitoring for OTC analgesics.
- Describe essential patient counseling for OTC analgesics.
Shauna Pittman, PharmD, is currently embedded in an integrative pain clinic in a large military treatment facility. As a credentialed clinical pharmacist, she provides medication management services and patient education classes, and serves as a group facilitator for the outpatient substance abuse program. She is a 1991 graduate of the University of Tennessee Memphis, College of Pharmacy. After earning her doctor of pharmacy degree, she completed a residency at University of Cincinnati Hospital. An early pioneer clinical pharmacy services, she has a varied background in critical care, home infusion, community hospital, and internal medicine practice settings.
Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Ms Pittman reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
For questions regarding CME for this activity, you may reach the department of education at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For successful completion of this activity, please complete a pre-test; utilize the audio recordings synched with the presentation slides to review the content, providing answers to your questions as necessary; and complete a post-test and evaluation following the activity. You will then be prompted to print your certificate. This activity should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
This program is accredited for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and psychologists. All other clinicians can submit the certificate of attendance upon completion of the program to their licensing boards for consideration of credit.
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Amedco is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This enduring course is co-provided by Amedco and the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. Maximum of 1 contact hour(s).
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Academy of Pain Management maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Academy designates this activity for a maximum of 1 CE credit.
Amedco is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Amedco designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 contact hour(s). Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attedance.
- 1.00 ACPE
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Document of Attendance