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What drugs other than painkillers can I take for cancer pain?

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You might try:

  • Antidepressants like imipramine and trazodone for burning, tingling pain from nerve damage, which sometimes follows cancer treatment.
  • Anti-seizure medications like gabapentin for nerve damage pain.
  • Steroids, like dexamethasone and prednisone, can reduce pain from swelling.
  • Drugs call bisphosphonates, like alendronate (Fosamax) can make you more comfortable if cancer has spread to your bones.
  • If you have mouth sores, you can try treatments to coat them or numb the inside of your mouth. Options include lidocaine, mouth rinses with diphenhydramine or doxepin, and certain gels or sprays.

From: How to Tame Cancer Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Cancer Pain Management and Treatment."

American Cancer Society: "Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain."

National Cancer Institute: "Pain Control."

Cancer Care: Opening the Door to Effective Pain Management: Getting the Facts and Getting Help."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Peripheral Neuropathy." "Pain: Additional Ways to Manage Pain."

Simmons, C.P.L. , 2012. Clinical Medicine Insights: Oncology

Macmillan Cancer Support: "Controlling the symptoms of secondary cancer in the liver."

Cancer Research UK: "Other ways of treating cancer pain."

Cleveland Clinic: "Need a Nerve Block? 4 Things You Should Know."

Kwekkeboom, K.L. . August 2008. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Resource Center: "The Management of Cancer Pain."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Treating Cancer Pain."

Pharmacy Times. “Mouth Ulcers Due to Cancer Treatment.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Cancer Pain Management and Treatment."

American Cancer Society: "Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain."

National Cancer Institute: "Pain Control."

Cancer Care: Opening the Door to Effective Pain Management: Getting the Facts and Getting Help."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Peripheral Neuropathy." "Pain: Additional Ways to Manage Pain."

Simmons, C.P.L. , 2012. Clinical Medicine Insights: Oncology

Macmillan Cancer Support: "Controlling the symptoms of secondary cancer in the liver."

Cancer Research UK: "Other ways of treating cancer pain."

Cleveland Clinic: "Need a Nerve Block? 4 Things You Should Know."

Kwekkeboom, K.L. . August 2008. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Resource Center: "The Management of Cancer Pain."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Treating Cancer Pain."

Pharmacy Times. “Mouth Ulcers Due to Cancer Treatment.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

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