6.5.2019 | Gabapentinoids for Chronic Pain: Nuts, Bolts, and Pearls

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Review the utility of gabapentin and pregabalin for the treatment of pain, and compare and contrast the clinical use of these agents, with a focus on dosing, tolerability, monitoring, and patient education.

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This session will review the utility of gabapentin and pregabalin for the treatment of pain. We will compare and contrast the clinical use of these agents, with a focus on dosing, tolerability, monitoring, and patient education.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recall the names of the FDA approved gabapentinoids
2. Compare and contrast the tolerability and monitoring of gabapentinoids
3. Describe dosing of gabapentinoids and how dosing of each is adjusted in special populations
4. List patient educational pearls regarding the use of gabapenintoids in pain

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standard of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.

 


Wednesday, June 6, 2019

12:00pm–1:00pm EDT


About the Presenter

Stephanie Nichols

Stephanie Nichols, Pharm. D., BCPS, BCPD, Dr. Nichols is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Husson, an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts, and a psychiatric and substance use disorder (SUD) pharmacist. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo and completed a post-graduate residency at Maine Medical Center. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP). Dr. Nichols has over a decade of experience providing direct patient care and interprofessional teaching, and has served as a preceptor for over 75 student and resident learners. She has won multiple awards for excellence in the areas of teaching, student precepting, and clinical practice. At Husson, Dr. Nichols coordinates the following courses: Pharmacotherapeutics, Drug Induced Psychiatric Disease, Advanced Psychopharmacology, and Independent Research. She also teaches topics in the following courses: Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, Substance Use Disorders, Drug-Drug Interactions, Social/Behavioral Pharmacy, and Applied Pharmacotherapeutics. Dr. Nichols is passionate about reducing stigma around mental illness and addiction. She has presented to interprofessional audiences throughout the state of Maine, and in 2016 she was awarded the Cardinal Health Generations RX Champions Award for community education around prescription drug misuse. She has research published in the following journals: Pain, Current Psychiatry, Journal of Psychopharmacology, Pharmacotherapy, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, and Psychosomatics. Nationally, Dr. Nichols holds the following appointments: ICER: New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council, CPNP BCPP Recertification Editorial Review Board, and ACCP 2017 Annual Meeting Programming Committee. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time in her yard with her husband, Eric, and their dogs, Sage and Basil. She also enjoys reading, gardening, painting, boating, and visiting lighthouses.

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