What Are Opioid Analgesics?
var html_compressed = ‘ by MedExpert ‘; document.write(html_compressed); var html_compressed = ‘ on October 25th, 2007 ‘; document.write(html_compressed); Definition Opioid analgesics, also known as narcotic analgesics, are pain relievers that act on the central nervous system. Like all narcotics, they may become habit-forming if used over long periods. Purpose Opioid analgesics are used to relieve pain from a variety of conditions. Some are used before or during surgery (including dental surgery) both to relieve pain and to make anesthetics work more effectively. They may also be used for the same purposes during labor and delivery. Opioids are also given to relieve the pain of terminal cancer, diabetic neuropathy, lower back pain, and other chronic diseases or disorders. The World Health Organization (WHO) has established a three-stage “ladder” for the use of opioids in managing cancer pain. Description Opioid analgesics relieve pain by acting directly on the central nervous system.