The Ultimate Back Pain Medications Quiz
by Staff
Back pain can severely affect a person's ability to function. Pain medications can have a big impact on people's lives, improving their functional ability and their quality of life. There are many different types of pain medications and a variety of methods to administer these medications. See how much you know about back pain medications by taking this quiz.

Why are many opiods combined with other analgesics?

  • They lessen opiod side effects.
  • They make the tablet last longer.
  • They make the tablet cheaper.

How does combining opiods with other analgesics affect the dose of opiod in the tablet?

  • It increases the opiod dose.
  • It decreases the opiod dose.
  • It doesn't affect the opiod dose.

What system in the body is most at risk when taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?

  • the gastrointestinal system
  • the immune system
  • the cardiovascular system

When NSAIDs are combined with __ medication the risk for GI upset is greater.

  • immunosuppressants
  • ACE inhibitors
  • SSRI antidepressants

Patients with __ disease have to be very careful when taking NSAIDs.

  • lung disease
  • kidney disease
  • anemia

How many U.S. hospital admissions each year are related to NSAID use?

  • 760
  • 7600
  • 76000

Which form of NSAID is thought to be safer?

  • tablet
  • injection
  • cream

What does the word opium mean in Greek?

  • elation
  • juice
  • healer

MS Contin is a common medication used for pain. What is the active ingredient in MS Contin?

  • morphine
  • ibuprofen
  • acetaminophen

How do opiods help with back pain?

  • They make damaged tissue heal faster.
  • They block pain signals.
  • They reduce the amount of pain signals.

What is the worst side effect of opiods?

  • constipation
  • disorientation
  • suppressed respiratory drive

What is the most common side effect of opiods?

  • constipation
  • disorientation
  • decreased breathing rate

How can you determine if a patient is addicted to a medication?

  • The medication will help their pain.
  • The medication will not help their pain.
  • The patient will ask to reduce the medication doses.

What does it mean when a person is physically dependant on a medication?

  • Their body has adapted to having the medication present.
  • The person exhibits compulsive behavior requesting more medication.
  • They person will die if they do not get the medication.

When were the hypodermic needle and syringe invented?

  • 1850
  • 1880
  • 1910

Some medications are administered topically with a patch. How long does it usually take for medication to reach its optimum dose when administered through a patch?

  • 6 hours
  • 12 hours
  • 24 hours

A lollipop-style medication applicator has recently been invented. What part of the body is the medication absorbed into?

  • the nerves in the mouth
  • the taste buds under the tongue
  • the tissue mucosa lining the mouth

How long does it take until people feel relief from pain after having a "lollipop" pain killer?

  • 5 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes

How does a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump prevent a patient from overdosing?

  • It pages the doctor after a certain period.
  • It alarms when a patient has too much.
  • It has a "lockout" function.

How does the pain medication itself prevent a person from overdosing when using a PCA?

  • It makes the patient drowsy.
  • It makes the patient nauseated.
  • It makes the patient addicted.