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what nonaddictive medicines may be given to help ease cancer pain?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Start simple:: Acetomenophen 1st, non-steroidal (ibuprofen and ilk), neural interactive (gabapentin, amytryptiline, analeptics.
Answered on Apr 29, 2015
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Dr. Scott Diede
Dr. Scott Diede commented
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Talk with your oncologist before using over the counter medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Depending on your neutropenia risk, this medicines can mask a fever. Also, depending on your risk of low platelets, you would not want to use Ibuprofen.
Jan 7, 2013
Dr. Ilana Newman
25 years experience Palliative Care
Why nonaddictive?: Cancer patients should not be focused on addiction to pain medications. Opioid pain medications are often needed for difficult to control cancer pain and should be prescribed by a doctor with experience. Even cancer patients with a history of addiction may need to take them. If pain is poorly controlled, the cancer patient's quality of life, appetite, and outlook will suffer.
Answered on Jan 8, 2016
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