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Pain killing drugs

Whatever painkillers you have to treat cancer pain, it helps to know more about what you're taking and any possible side effects.

What painkillers are

There are many different types and strengths of painkiller. It’s important to get the right type and to take them regularly as prescribed.  

Types of painkillers

Three main groups of drugs are used to treat cancer pain: opioids, non opiod drugs and other drugs such as steroids, bisphosphonates and anti depressants.

Side effects of painkillers

There can be side effects to painkillers used to treat cancer pain. You may not get them, but it helps to know what they could be.

Last reviewed: 
27 Feb 2014

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