Pharmacologic Therapy

^^ There are two main approaches to pharmacologic intervention for pain relief: oral (systemic) and topical agents. The choice between systemic or topical options is often guided by patient preference. For example, many topical products have a medicinal odor and require frequent applications. The extent of musculoskeletal pain also guides treatment choice.

® Localized pain may be treated effectively with local topical therapy, whereas generalized pain is best treated with systemic agents Factors such as alcohol use, liver function, renal function, allergies, age, and comorbid conditions should be considered when choosing among therapeutic options.

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