Medication Management Specialist Q&A
If you are looking for a medication management specialist then visit Advanced Pain Management in Oklahoma City, OK and consult with our experienced professionals about your medications. We are conveniently located at 5252 N Meridian Suite 101, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What is medication management?
What state guidelines are implemented?
What do you need to bring to your pain management appointment?
Will the doctors at Advanced Pain Management help patients get off pain medication?
The pharmacology industry, which is the field of medicine concerned with the uses and effects of drugs, has helped countless patients control their symptoms and find relief from their conditions. There are over 20,000 prescription drug products currently on the market, and each one is designed to target a specific symptom or ailment. Many patients have multiple prescriptions, and knowing how to best manage these medications is imperative to their wellbeing.
Medication management takes an in-depth look at all of the medications a patient is currently taking. It helps determine which medications are necessary, which ones are not, and makes any changes to dosing, if necessary. In the context of pain management, medication management often involves prescribing pain medications (including opioids & non-opioids) after all other treatment options have been exhausted, such as surgery, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, etc.
The state of Oklahoma has several guidelines for the prescription, administration and management of opioid pain medications. Advanced Pain Management implements the following:
– Alternative to opioid treatment should be tried first, with previous attempts recorded, before starting opioid treatment for chronic pain
– Oklahoma law mandates that all providers check the Oklahoma Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) prior to prescribing and every 180 days (six months) prior to authorizing refills for opiates and opiate derivatives (including synthetic and semi-synthetic opiates), carisoprodol, and benzodiazepines
– Before initiating opioid treatment for chronic pain, a comprehensive evaluation should be performed
– Before initiating opioid treatment for chronic pain, healthcare providers should screen their patients for risk of addiction or opioid use disorder (OUD)
– Patients should be educated as to how to securely store medications, to never share them with others, and how to dispose of medications when symptoms have subsided
– Long-acting or extended-release opioids should only be prescribed by healthcare providers familiar with their indications, risks, and close monitoring as these opioids are associated with an increased risk of overdose death
– A written treatment plan should be established that includes quantifiable goals for pain reduction and functional improvement
Patients are required to bring the following items to every visit, or they will not be able to be seen:
– Identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
– Pill bottles for ALL medications prescribed by Advanced Pain Management
– Scheduling (if applicable) with additional medications prescribed by Advanced Pain Management
This policy applies to every patient, without exception, regardless of the patient’s time at the clinic or relationship to members within the clinic. Patients are also required to keep medications in a lockbox; if medications are stolen, a police report must be filed. Unfortunately, if medication is missing—even if it is stolen—patients may be turned away for not adhering to policy. Medication accountability is the responsibility of each patient, and does not fall onto anyone else.
Yes, the doctors at Advanced Pain Management strive to help each patient live a life free of pain, without the need for medications. There are a number of different modalities that they can implement and several different therapies that they can use to help ameliorate pain and eliminate the need for prescription painkillers. If you are living with chronic pain and have tried other treatments without relief, come to Advanced Pain Management today to discuss potential medication options. Our qualified medical professionals are experienced providers of medication management and can help you find the best solution for your unique situation. Call us today to book an appointment for medication management, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 5252 N Meridian Ave Suite 101, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. We serve patients from Oklahoma City OK, Valley Brook OK, Del City OK, Midwest City OK, Nichols Hills OK, Moore OK, and Smith Village OK. We look forward to serving you!