…Continued What is Cancer Pain? Why suffer from it? – Part 4 What is Cancer Pain? Why suffer from it? – Part 3 What is Cancer Pain? Why suffer from it? – Part 2 What is Cancer Pain? Why suffer from it? – Part 1
One of the ways of treating cancer pain is by using non-opioid medication.
What are Non-Opioid Medication? Non-opioids are used for pain score 1-4. They can be bought over the counter, but should still be discussed with your doctor. – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (Aspirin) control inflammation which relieves pain. However, it is associated with a number of side-effects, which should be discussed with your doctor. NSAIDs can cause upset stomach/ indigestion and also affects the way your blood clots, resulting in a longer time taken to stop bleeding and can also cause bleeding in your stomach.
Make sure you consult your doctor if you have any of the following: – Dark stools – Bleeding from your rectum – Upset stomach – Heartburn – Coughing up of blood
NSAIDs should be avoided if you have any of the following: – Allergies to aspirin – Have or had stomach ulcers – Bleeding disorders – Heart or kidney problems – On blood thinning medication Prepared by: Dr Thiruselvi Subramaniam Helped by IMU students: LEE RUEY-YI, CHONG SHWEN NEE, SIVASANGGARI A/P SELVANATHAN, VIDHYA A/P VIJAYAN