Pain medication may be prescribed when treatment or surgery is not an option or when reasons or surgery provides insufficient relief of chronic pain. The types of medications prescribed may include anti-inflammatory medications, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants. When necessary, analgesics (narcotics) may be prescribed under strict monitoring and control.
Antidepressants. Certain types of antidepressants may decrease various types of pain as well as improve the patient’s mood. They also may be helpful in improving a patient’s sleep.
Anticonvulsants are useful in treating various neuropathic pain conditions. Neuropathy is a disease or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness or weakness.
If the patient is currently prescribed analgesics, their family doctor will remain in charge of all analgesics currently prescribed to them. The Centre for Pain Care will provide expert advice to your family doctor.