A Garden of Earthly Delights: Evaluating OTC Options for Pain Management

Nutraceuticals, including dietary supplements and food alternatives, have become popularized as alternative treatments to many pain conditions. Over-the-counter medications (OTC) are readily available for patients to self-treat, and pain from osteoarthritis is one of the common indications patients may seek OTC care is for is pain from osteoarthritis. In these situations, the patients are often older adults who are generally more vulnerable to intolerances and adverse effects. It is important to understand the potential benefits of OTC options, including agents like acetaminophen and nonsteroidals, nutraceuticals like collagen and turmeric, and others whichthat have become more mainstream, like cannabis and kratom. Using the backdrop of a patient seeking OTC analgesia for chronic osteoarthritis pain, this session will explore the evidence, risks, and benefits of OTC medications and nutraceuticals.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the literature surrounding the use of over the counter (OTC) and nutraceuticals in the treatment of osteoarthritis
  • Discuss OTC and herbal analgesics commonly used for osteoarthritis
  • Select a safe and effective OTC/herbal regimen for a patient presenting with osteoarthritis

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AANP Contact Hours
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA
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Tanya Uritsky, PharmD, CPE

Opioid Stewardship Coordinator

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine

Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie Abel, PharmD, BCPS

Opioid Stewardship Program Coordinator

UK HealthCare,

Lexington, KY

Annabelle Hood, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pain Management

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, OH


Stephanie Abel

– Nothing to disclose

Annabelle Hood

– Nothing to disclose

Tanya Uritsky

– Consulting Fee (e.g., Advisory Board): AcelRx


  • 1.00 AANP
  • 1.00 ACCME (All Other)
  • 1.00 ACCME (MD/DO Only)
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AANP Contact Hours
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 APA
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Pain Management

Opioid Alternatives