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Can medicine help phantom limb pain?

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There are no drugs specifically for phantom limb pain. But medicines for other conditions, from depression to epilepsy, may help:

Other painkillers. A few other types may help with phantom limb pain, including:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Opioids
  • NMDA receptor antagonists, such asketamine and dextromethorphan
  • Over-the-counter medicine, such as aspirin and acetaminophen
  • A shot of a pain-blocking drug where you got the amputation

From: What Is Phantom Limb Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Encyclopedia Britannica: “Phantom Limb Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic: “5 Ways to Deal With Phantom Limb Pain After Amputation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Phantom Pain.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Encyclopedia Britannica: “Phantom Limb Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic: “5 Ways to Deal With Phantom Limb Pain After Amputation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Phantom Pain.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 8, 2019

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