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Sickle Cell Disease: Pain Management - Topic Overview

How is pain treated in the hospital?

If you go to the hospital, you will be treated with a strong pain medicine. This might be an opioid medicine, such as morphine.

  • The medicine is given directly into a vein (intravenously, or IV) and may be patient-controlled, allowing you to push a button and release a dose when needed.
  • When you feel less pain, IV opioid medicine is gradually reduced and replaced with a less powerful oral medicine. These actions prevent a person's body from going through sudden drug withdrawal symptoms.
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Last Updated: October 01, 2012
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