There are many painkillers available to treat different types and levels of pain. Painkilling drugs are known as analgesics. Your medical team will aim to find the right combination of painkillers for you.
Some people with cancer have constant pain, so they need to take painkillers regularly to keep the pain under control.
If you are prescribed painkillers, it’s important to take them at regular intervals. This is to make sure the medicines are as effective as possible. Your medicines will be most effective if you follow the schedule.
It’s important not to let pain increase until it becomes severe. Tell your doctor or nurse if your pain gets worse. Severe pain can cause fear, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. These things can make the pain worse and more difficult to control.
Not everyone who has cancer pain has advanced cancer. But if your cancer is advanced, we have a video about pain control for people with advanced cancer that you may find helpful.