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Painkillers

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

What are painkillers?

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

Cancer pain can be treated by using morphine type drugs called opioids, non opioids and other drugs such as steroids or anti depressants. 

Last reviewed: 
31 Oct 2020
Next review due: 
20 Oct 2023
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