Painkilling drugs are known as analgesics. There are many painkillers available to treat different types and levels of pain.
There are other medicines called adjuvant drugs that are often given with painkillers to help relieve pain. These include bisphosphonates, steroids and anti-depressants.
Your medical team will aim to find the right combination of medicines for you. They will find out how the pain is affecting you by doing a pain assessment.
Some people with cancer have constant pain, so they need to take painkillers regularly to keep the pain under control. If this is your situation and you are prescribed painkillers, it’s important to take them at regular intervals. This is to make sure the medicines work as well as possible.
It’s important to tell your doctor or nurse if your pain gets worse. Don’t let your pain increase until it becomes severe. Severe pain can cause fear, anxiety and make it difficult to sleep. These things can make the pain worse and more difficult to control.