The Essence of Analgesia and Analgesics is an invaluable practical resource for clinicians giving pain relief in any clinical setting, describing the pharmacologic principles and clinical use of all available pain medications. As well as detailed overviews of pain processing and analgesic theory, sections are dedicated to oral and panteral opioid analgesics, neuraxial opioids, NSAIDs, local anesthetics, anticonvulsant type analgesics, NMDA antagonists, alpha adrenergic analgesics, antidepressant analgesics, muscle relaxants, adjuvant medications, and new and emerging analgesics. The concise format of the chapters allows for quick and easy reading and assimilation of information. Enhanced by summary tables and figures, each chapter provides an overview of a particular drug, covering chemical structure, mode of activity, indications, contraindications, common doses and uses, advantages and disadvantages, and drug related adverse events. Key references are also provided. Edited by leading experts in pain management, this is essential reading for any clinician involved in pain management. Features • Includes information about dose, timing, duration of therapy and patient-specific issues • Clinical pearls provide advice about how to use each drug in daily clinical practice • Summary tables provide 'at a glance' reference for the busy clinician Raymond S. Sinatra. Jonathan S. Jahr, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. J. Michael Watkins-Pitchford Table of Contents Part I. Pain Definitions Part II. Oral and Parenteral Opioid Analgesics Part III. Neuraxial Opioid Analgesics Part IV. NSAIDs Part V. Local Anesthetics Part VI. Anticonvulsant Type Analgesics Part VII. NMDA Antagonists Part VIII. Alpha Adrenergic Analgesics Part IX. Antidepressant Analgesics Part X. Muscle Relaxants Part XI. Adjuvant Analgesics and Antiemetics Part XII. New and Emerging Analgesics.