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Successful Management of a Difficult Cancer Pain Patient by Appropriate Adjuvant and Morphine Titration

By Shiv PS Rana, Arif Ahmed, Vindo Kumar, Prakash K Chaudhary, Deepa Khurana and Seema Mishra

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Morphine has been used for many years to relieve cancer pain. Oral morphine (in either immediate release or modified release form) remains the analgesic of choice for moderate or severe cancer pain. The dose of oral morphine is titrated up to achieve adequate relief from pain with minimal side effects. Antidepressant and anticonvulsant drugs, when used in addition to conventional analgesics, give excellent relief from cancer pain. Most cancer pain responds to pharmacological measures with oral morphine but some pain like neuropathic and bony pain, pain in children and elderly age group, and advanced malignancy pain are very difficult to treat. Here, we report the management of a similar patient of severe cancer pain and the difficulty that we came across during dose titration of oral morphine and adjuvant analgesic

Topics: Case Report
Publisher: Medknow Publications
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:3183609
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