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What causes nerve pain and how can it be alleviated during palliative care?

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Nerve pain, or neuropathic pain, happens when one or more nerves is injured or damaged. It can form as a result of long-term chemotherapy or cancer itself, trauma, or other medical disorders.

Tricyclic antidepressants and anti-seizure medications can each lessen nerve pain because they change the way pain sensations travel to the brain.

From: Pain Medications for Palliative Care WebMD Medical Reference

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J. Cameron Muir, MD, executive vice president for quality and access, Capital Caring, Washington, D.C .

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, MD.

Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

News release, FDA.

Medscape. “FDA Okays Naldemedine (Symproic) for Opioid Constipation.”

National Institutes of Health: "Drug Interactions of Clinical Importance among the Opioids, Methadone and Buprenorphine, and other Frequently Prescribed Medications: A Review."

Medline Plus: "Oxycodone." "Fentanyl." "Hydrocodone." "Hydrocodone Combination Products." "Hydromorphone." "Methadone."  

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 1, 2017

SOURCES:

J. Cameron Muir, MD, executive vice president for quality and access, Capital Caring, Washington, D.C .

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, MD.

Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

News release, FDA.

Medscape. “FDA Okays Naldemedine (Symproic) for Opioid Constipation.”

National Institutes of Health: "Drug Interactions of Clinical Importance among the Opioids, Methadone and Buprenorphine, and other Frequently Prescribed Medications: A Review."

Medline Plus: "Oxycodone." "Fentanyl." "Hydrocodone." "Hydrocodone Combination Products." "Hydromorphone." "Methadone."  

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 1, 2017

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