Your recommended medical therapy may include one or more medications (analgesics). Different medications are prescribed to treat different aspects of your pain. Medications used to treat pain fall into several major categories:
- Opiate “pain killers” are often used to treat acute pain or cancer-related pain, and sometimes prescribed for chronic pain.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs may be helpful in alleviating pain by reducing swelling and irritation.
- Anti-depressants may be helpful in reducing certain types of pain. They may also be used to help patients sleep at night.
- Membrane stabilizers are helpful for some patients in whom pain is caused by abnormal electrical discharges in damaged nerves.