A 36-year-old member asked:
what nonaddictive medicines may be given to help ease cancer pain?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Start simple:: Acetomenophen 1st, non-steroidal (ibuprofen and ilk), neural interactive (gabapentin, amytryptiline, analeptics.
Answered on Apr 29, 2015
Dr. Ilana Newman answered
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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