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Antidepressants and Anticonvulsants course for Allied Health

Speciality Classification
Allied Health
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Pain Medicine RCA, British Pain Society

This session describes the pharmacology of antidepressants and anticonvulsants and their clinical use in pain management.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • List the different types of antidepressant and anticonvulsant drugs
  • Outline the mechanism of action of antidepressants and anticonvulsants with relevance to pain pathways
  • Explain common side-effects associated with antidepressant and anticonvulsant use
  • Identify types of pain antidepressants and anticonvulsants are used to treat

Antidepressants and anticonvulsants may be used alone or in conjunction with other pain medication. Therefore, it is important that you understand how these drugs work in the treatment of pain and the side-effects that may arise so that you can support patients in the management of their condition.

Instructors / Speakers
Lee Wilson,
Consultant Pharmacist, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lee has worked across the various disciplines of pain medicine during his post as Consultant Pharmacist with Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals. His current post involves regular clinical sessions in palliative care and he chairs a group liaising between the various pain specialisms.

Outside of pain management, Lee holds responsibility for updating the community-wide medicines formulary as chair of the local Formulary Liaison Group. He recently co-ordinated updating of the local guidance around prescribing in neuropathic pain.

Lee is a content author on the e-PAIN project.

Emma Davies,
Advanced Pharmacy Practitioner in Pain Management, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Healthboard

Emma Davies has been an Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner in Pain for over 12 years. She provides primary care clinics which, although covering medication management, take a holistic approach to supporting people to live effectively with pain. In addition, she teaches, develops guidelines and educational materials and provides advice to the Welsh Government on pain management, as well as being a regular contributor to professional journals.

Co-founder of the livewellwithpain.co.uk website; Emma is also currently studying for a PhD, examining trends in opioid prescribing and healthcare resource utilisation in Wales.

Antidepressants and Anticonvulsants course for Allied Health
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Chronic Conditions and Disease Management, Pain management, Pain Management and Palliative Care
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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