How is drug treatment used for chronic pain syndrome (CPS)?

Updated: Jan 14, 2020
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Pharmacotherapy for chronic pain syndrome (CPS) consists of symptomatic abortive therapy (to stop or reduce the severity of the acute exacerbations) and long-term therapy for chronic pain. Initially, pain may respond to simple over-the-counter analgesics, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen. If treatment is unsatisfactory, the addition of other modalities or the use of prescription drugs is recommended. If possible, avoid barbiturate or opiate agonists. Also, discourage long-term and excessive use of all symptomatic analgesics because of the risk of dependence and abuse.


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