A urologist active in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Erol Onel serves as vice president of Heron Therapeutics in La Jolla, California. In his leadership capacity, Dr. Erol Onel contributes to the drug-approval process for non-opioid pain relievers.
Opioids are a class of prescription drugs known for their potency in relieving pain. Though highly effective, opioids can cause dangerous side effects, and can even result in dependency in some people. Opioids effect the nervous system by interrupting the brain signals responsible for creating painful sensations. On the market, pharmaceutical companies package opioids under a variety of brand names, including Percocet, Fentora, and Oxycontin.
Non-opioid pain relief medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also address pain. NSAIDs work by blocking certain enzymes that encourage swelling and associated pain. They’re offered over the counter under names like Advil and Aleve.