Pain Medication Trivia Facts! Quiz

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Pain medication trivia facts quiz. There are different amounts of pain that one can withstand and a medical practitioner has the power to prescribe medication to help the patient’s pain go down. Do you know why morphine is acceptable for numbing pain in patients and what are the other types of drugs that one can take, in what quantities and effects expected? This quiz will help see how good you are at prescribing the drugs.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Somatic pain is described as 

    • A.

      Pain in muscle, bone or joint

    • B.

      Pain that is less than 3 months old

    • C.

      Pain that has a definitive cause

    • D.

      Colicky, crampy, sharp or burning

    Correct Answer
    A. Pain in muscle, bone or joint
    Explanation
    Somatic pain refers to pain that originates from the muscles, bones, or joints. It is different from other types of pain as it is localized to a specific area and can be described as aching, throbbing, or sharp. This type of pain is usually well-defined and can be attributed to a specific cause such as an injury or inflammation. It is important to distinguish somatic pain from other types of pain in order to determine the appropriate treatment and management strategies.

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  • 2. 

    What is the goal of pain management?

    • A.

      Restore the patient's function as soon as possible

    • B.

      Give the patient opioids

    • C.

      Use the lowest dose possible for pain management

    • D.

      Educate the patient that opioid use is not addictive and can cure their pain

    Correct Answer
    A. Restore the patient's function as soon as possible
    Explanation
    The goal of pain management is to restore the patient's function as soon as possible. This means that the primary objective is to alleviate pain in order to improve the patient's ability to perform daily activities and regain their normal level of functioning. This may involve various approaches such as medication, physical therapy, and other interventions aimed at reducing pain and improving the patient's overall quality of life. The focus is on achieving functional improvement rather than solely relying on medications or opioids to manage pain.

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  • 3. 

    A 64-year-old male patient comes to your clinic with a blood pressure of 160/90, heart palpitations, and blood sugar of 320. He is a known diabetic who has come today to discuss new-onset burning, tingling pain in his right foot. How would you best categorize this pain?

    • A.

      Neuropathic pain

    • B.

      Somatic pain

    • C.

      Visceral pain

    • D.

      Psychosomatic pain

    Correct Answer
    A. Neuropathic pain
    Explanation
    The patient's symptoms of burning and tingling pain in his right foot, along with his history of diabetes, suggest that the pain is likely neuropathic in nature. Neuropathic pain refers to pain caused by damage or dysfunction of the nerves, which can occur as a result of conditions such as diabetes. The other options (somatic pain, visceral pain, psychosomatic pain) are less likely to be the cause of the patient's symptoms based on the information provided.

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  • 4. 

    A woman in the parking lot near you accidentally slams her hand in the door. As she screams for help, you quickly mentally note her pain is categorized as 

    • A.

      Nocioceptive

    • B.

      Neuropathic

    • C.

      Chronic

    • D.

      Malignant

    Correct Answer
    A. Nocioceptive
    Explanation
    The correct answer is nociceptive. Nociceptive pain refers to the type of pain that occurs due to actual or potential damage to tissues. In this scenario, the woman slamming her hand in the door causes physical damage to her hand, resulting in nociceptive pain. This type of pain is typically sharp, localized, and serves as a protective mechanism to alert the body of potential harm.

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  • 5. 

    Someone comes to your clinic and says they read on WebMD that Gabapentin is used for diabetic neuropathy, even though it is supposed to be for seizures. You tell him this is true and use which word to best prove you spent a lot of time and money in school? 

    • A.

      Adjuvent medication

    • B.

      Polypharmacy

    • C.

      Comorbid medication

    • D.

      Mimicry medication

    Correct Answer
    A. Adjuvent medication
  • 6. 

    A receives a patient in the ED with intense headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and ringing in her ears. After a patient history and physical, you learn this patient is a marathon runner who had a hard track day yesterday. She is stressed at her 7 figure job and her part-time work of raising show dogs. She has been taking Aspirin because she heard it was better on her gut than ibuprofen. Decide the best treatment for her right now is? 

    • A.

      Activated charcoal

    • B.

      Milk ingestion

    • C.

      Narcan

    • D.

      Epinephrine 1mL

    Correct Answer
    A. Activated charcoal
    Explanation
    Activated charcoal is the best treatment for the patient in this scenario. The patient's symptoms, such as intense headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and ringing in her ears, suggest a possible overdose or poisoning. Activated charcoal is commonly used in the emergency department to treat poisonings or drug overdoses as it helps to absorb and remove toxins from the body. In this case, the patient's use of Aspirin, along with her stressful lifestyle and physical exertion, could contribute to her symptoms, making activated charcoal the appropriate treatment option.

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  • 7. 

    A 76-year-old male patient with diverticulosis comes to you for recurrent knee pain. He asks for something to help relieve his pain. He has no known allergies, no heart, liver, or kidney disorders. Which drug best meets his needs?

    • A.

      Celecoxib

    • B.

      Ibuprofen

    • C.

      Tramadol

    • D.

      Codeine

    Correct Answer
    A. Celecoxib
    Explanation
    celecoxib is a cox 2 inhibitor which makes it more selective and reduces GI symptoms

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  • 8. 

    A 27-year-old woman with low back pain comes to see you. She is 34 weeks pregnant with her first child and is having a hard time getting through her workday because of this pain. She is currently taking a prenatal vitamin and has no other remarkable medical history. She once had, what she describes as a bad reaction to Bactrim in the hospital but it was ages ago. You have several drugs in OmniDispensor to choose from. Which is the best choice for her?

    • A.

      Aceteminophen

    • B.

      Celecoxib

    • C.

      Ibuprofen

    • D.

      Naproxen Sodium

    Correct Answer
    A. Aceteminophen
    Explanation
    acetaminophen is the only non-opioid safe for pregnancy

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  • 9. 

    For the fourth time this month, a 19-year-old lacrosse player from UW is left on the ED doorstep by teammates from a heroin overdose. You recognize the patient, his signs and symptoms, and confirm the heroin toxicity. Your medication of choice is

    • A.

      Naloxone

    • B.

      Suboxone

    • C.

      Methodone

    • D.

      Morphine

    Correct Answer
    A. Naloxone
    Explanation
    Naloxone is the correct medication of choice in this situation because it is an opioid antagonist that can rapidly reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. It works by binding to the same receptors in the brain that opioids bind to, effectively blocking the effects of the opioids and reversing respiratory depression. Naloxone is commonly used in emergency settings to treat opioid overdoses and can be administered intranasally, intramuscularly, or intravenously. Suboxone and Methadone are used for long-term management of opioid addiction, while Morphine is an opioid analgesic and would not be appropriate for treating a heroin overdose.

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  • 10. 

    A long time patient of yours comes to see you about pain. She has been well controlled with oxycodone in a low dose for a number of years. Recently, her dose of oxycodone does not seem to cover her pain and she is concerned. She has vital signs within normal limits, no kidney, liver or heart conditions, does not smoke or use IV drugs. She has a history of past cervical cancer, which was treated with radiation. She has been cancer-free for 5 years. She discussed trying to cut back on her alcohol consumption at the last visit because her mother is concerned she might drink too much. Which of these options seems like the best plan right now?

    • A.

      Discuss drawing labs and pelvic ultrasound to make sure the cancer has not returned

    • B.

      Tell her if she is apt to face judgment from other practitioners if she stays on the oxycodone and considers changing to acetaminophen, which is safer

    • C.

      Encourage her to change drugs from oxycodone to morphine because it is a stronger medication

    • D.

      Increase her dose of oxycodone because she has likely become tolerant to the dose after such a long time on the drug

    Correct Answer
    A. Discuss drawing labs and pelvic ultrasound to make sure the cancer has not returned
    Explanation
    The best plan right now is to discuss drawing labs and a pelvic ultrasound to make sure the cancer has not returned. Since the patient has a history of cervical cancer, it is important to rule out the possibility of cancer recurrence as a cause of her increased pain. This is especially important considering her recent increase in pain despite being on a low dose of oxycodone for many years. By conducting these tests, the healthcare provider can gather more information about the patient's condition and make informed decisions regarding her pain management.

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  • 11. 

    Which of these is a known potential side effect of Methadone?

    • A.

      Torsades de Pointes

    • B.

      Hyperactivity

    • C.

      Shortened QT waves on ECG

    • D.

      Fetal birth defects if taken during pregnancy

    Correct Answer
    A. Torsades de Pointes
    Explanation
    Torsades de Pointes is a known potential side effect of Methadone. Torsades de Pointes is a type of abnormal heart rhythm that can lead to fainting, dizziness, and in severe cases, sudden cardiac arrest. Methadone, a medication used to treat opioid addiction, can cause QT interval prolongation, which increases the risk of developing Torsades de Pointes. It is important for healthcare providers to monitor patients on Methadone for any signs of QT interval prolongation and to adjust the dosage if necessary to prevent this potentially life-threatening side effect.

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  • 12. 

    The most commonly discussed side effect of opioid pain medications is

    • A.

      Constipation

    • B.

      Nausea

    • C.

      Emesis

    • D.

      Headache

    Correct Answer
    A. Constipation
    Explanation
    Opioid pain medications are known to cause constipation as a common side effect. Opioids bind to receptors in the gastrointestinal tract, slowing down the movement of the intestines and reducing the frequency of bowel movements. This can lead to difficulty in passing stools, bloating, and discomfort. Nausea, emesis (vomiting), and headache are also potential side effects of opioids, but constipation is the most commonly discussed one due to its prevalence and impact on patient comfort and quality of life.

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  • 13. 

    Fentanyl is

    • A.

      Long acting in transdermal patch form

    • B.

      Is used for OA

    • C.

      Is first line treatment for chronic stable pain

    • D.

      A mu antagonist

    Correct Answer
    A. Long acting in transdermal patch form
    Explanation
    Fentanyl is a medication that is long acting when administered in the form of a transdermal patch. This means that it provides a sustained release of the drug over an extended period of time. The use of fentanyl in this form is commonly seen in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, such as osteoarthritis (OA). It is considered a first-line treatment option for chronic stable pain. Additionally, fentanyl acts as a mu antagonist, meaning it binds to and blocks the mu opioid receptors in the body, thereby reducing pain sensations.

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  • 14. 

    Which is a possible mechanism for opioid-mediated flushing and warming of the skin?

    • A.

      Central effects

    • B.

      Adenosine receptor blockers

    • C.

      Nitric oxide synthesis inhibition

    • D.

      Alpha 1 receptor activation

    Correct Answer
    A. Central effects
    Explanation
    Central effects refer to the actions of opioids on the central nervous system, specifically the brain. Opioids can cause flushing and warming of the skin by directly affecting the central nervous system, leading to changes in blood flow and temperature regulation. This mechanism is different from the other options provided, which involve specific receptors or pathways in the body.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following is a pure narcotic antagonist?

    • A.

      Naloxone

    • B.

      Tramadol

    • C.

      Fentanyl

    • D.

      Morphine

    Correct Answer
    A. Naloxone
    Explanation
    Naloxone is a pure narcotic antagonist because it specifically blocks the effects of opioids by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and reversing their actions. It is commonly used in emergency situations to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdose, including respiratory depression and sedation. Naloxone has no opioid agonist activity of its own and does not produce any narcotic effects. This makes it an effective and safe option for reversing the effects of opioids without causing additional respiratory depression or sedation.

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  • 16. 

    Which of the following medications in a patient medication list would give you pause when considering a morphine prescription for chronic stable pain?

    • A.

      Wellbutrin

    • B.

      Aspirin

    • C.

      Acetaminophen

    • D.

      Sildenafil

    Correct Answer
    A. Wellbutrin
    Explanation
    Wellbutrin is the correct answer because it is an antidepressant medication that can lower the seizure threshold. Morphine, as an opioid, can also lower the seizure threshold, so combining the two medications could increase the risk of seizures. Therefore, caution should be exercised when considering a morphine prescription for a patient already taking Wellbutrin. Aspirin and acetaminophen are commonly used pain relievers and sildenafil is a medication used for erectile dysfunction, none of which have significant interactions with morphine.

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