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Non-opioid analgesics

Andrew Davies

in Cancer-related Breakthrough Pain

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656974
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740909 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199656974.003.0008

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Non-opioid analgesics

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• Breakthrough pains have diverse characteristics as they span all pain phenomena, and can effectively involve every class of drug used in analgesia • Non-opioid drugs can be used to treat opioid poorly-responsive pain or to supplement opioid use • Both analgesics and drugs whose primary function is not analgesia may be used • Paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, midazolam, ketamine, and NO are all potential treatments of breakthrough pain.

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Subjects: Clinical Oncology ; Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics ; Pain Medicine

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