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In addition, some people may benefit from other medicines that, while generally not used alone, can enhance pain control when combined with pain medications. These other medicines may include:
 
  • Topical pain medicines, which include creams, gels, and sprays that are applied or rubbed directly onto the skin over the site of the pain. The Lidoderm® patch (lidocaine patch) is a prescription pain medicine approved to treat postherpetic neuralgia. It comes as a patch that is applied to the skin once a day and worn for up to 12 hours.
   
  • Other medicines may be used to treat additional symptoms associated with chronic pain. For example, anti-anxiety medicines may be given to people who have anxiety that is interfering with their pain management.
 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many different medication choices for treating chronic pain. Keep in mind that not all medicines work for all types of pain. Your healthcare provider will consider the type of pain you have, as well as your individual goals in treatment, when choosing a drug for you.
 
It is also important to keep in mind that medicines are just one aspect of chronic pain treatment. Employing nonmedication approaches is equally important for managing chronic pain, and may help you reduce the amount of medication you use. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about all of the interventions that may help you. 
 
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