Dr. Hersh Patel is the chief of the division of Pain Medicine at ChristianaCare. His experience in the private practice and academic sectors guide his strategies for coordinating the complex care required for chronic pain patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Areas of Expertise (4)
New York University Medical Center (Langone): Residency 2017
Hahnemann University Hospital: Internship 2014
Drexel University College of Medicine: M.D. 2013
Drexel University: MBA 2012
New York University (Langone): Fellowship
Leadership Delaware: Fellowship
Media Appearances (1)
Pain and OTC Medications: Which Is Best?
U.S. News & World Report online
In order to understand how to choose and use OTC pain medications correctly, you must first understand the different categories. Over-the-counter medications for pain generally fall into three basic categories, explains Dr. Hersh Patel, chief of the division of Pain Medicine at ChristianaCare in Newark, Delaware. According to Patel, NSAIDs tend to do a better job of relieving injuries that involve inflammation than other OTC options. If you’re healthy overall with no kidney, stomach or heart issues, aspirin is a fast-acting go-to for pain that doesn’t last very long – like a headache. However, if you have heart failure, stomach issues like acid reflux or kidney problems, you should avoid NSAIDs because they can make these conditions worse. Also, NSAIDs can sometimes enhance the effects of blood thinners, so double check your medications before giving them a try.