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What medicines are used to treat mild to moderate cancer pain, and what can be side effects?

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Acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen are pain relievers that can treat mild to moderate cancer pain. Many of these are over-the-counter drugs, but others require a prescription.

Patients should check with a doctor before using these medicines, especially if they’re getting chemotherapy. NSAIDs can interfere with blood clotting, cause gastrointestinal and kidney problems, and may make a heart attack or stroke more likely.

From: Pain Management: Cancer Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institutes of Health. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

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