Pain Management

Drug Information

Normally two or three drugs in combination are required to manage complex pain. These should be taken regularly and in sufficient dosage to achieve pain control. This is especially true for medication used to treat neuropathic pain where the effects are often not seen until after 2-4 weeks of treatment.

The provision of pain management therapy and treatments may be affected by other medical conditions — for example pregnancy or anticoagulant therapy.

 

Simple Analgesia

Mild painkillers used to reduce pain, either alone or compined with other therapy


paracetamol
  
ibuprofen
  
diclofenac
   mixtures (
cocodamol
  
codydramol
)   

 

Opioids

Painkillers that act on opiate receptors in the nervous system to reduce the unpleasant sensation of pain.

patches (
BuTrans
  
Transtec
  
fentanyl
)    moderate (
codeine
  
tramadol
)    strong (
morphine
  
oxycodone
  
tapentadol
)   

 

Analgesia for Neuropathic Pain

Painkillers that are particularly suitable for neuropathic pain


amitriptyline
  
nortriptyline
  
duloxetine
  
carbamazepine
  
gabapentin
  
pregabalin
  
lamotrigine
  

 

Topical Agents

Non-opioid painkillers that are administered as a skin-patch


capsaicin
(Zacin / Axsain)   
lidocaine
(Versatis)   
piroxicam
  

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