Intrathecal analgesia for refractory cancer pain

Scott Newsome, Bridget K. Frawley, Charles E. Argoff

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The use of intrathecal analgesics is an important treatment consideration for many patients with chronic cancer pain. This review describes the various opioid and nonopioid analgesics that have been used in this setting, including morphine, hydromorphone, fentanyl, meperidine, methadone, sufentanil, local anesthetics, clonidine, ketamine, baclofen, midazolam, betamethasone, and octreotide. We discuss available evidence for their analgesic and adverse effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-256
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent pain and headache reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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