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Other ways to take painkillers

There are several other ways of taking painkillers that can be helpful if you can’t swallow or are being sick:

Skin patches.

These are stuck on to the skin. They are useful when your pain control is more settled and only need to be changed every few days.

Buccal and sublingual medicines.

These are absorbed from the tissues in the mouth, so they don’t have to be swallowed. They are usually used for controlling breakthrough pain, as they work quickly.

Nasal medicines.

Some painkillers can be sprayed into the nose. These work best for breakthrough pain.


These are inserted into the back passage.