Sickle Cell Disease
Medicines that treat sickle cell disease include Reference hydroxyurea and various Reference pain medicines. Some of these medicines require a prescription. Others are available Reference over the counter Opens New Window. Pain medicine may work best when combined with Reference pain management skills, such as distraction; guided imagery; deep breathing; relaxation; and positive, encouraging self-talk.
Pain treatment for sickle cell disease pain varies depending on how bad the pain is and how long the pain lasts. Medicines that treat the pain include over-the-counter pain relievers (such as ibuprofen) and prescription Reference opioids Opens New Window (such as codeine). Opiate pain medicines are used under careful medical supervision.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 1, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Martin Steinberg, MD - Hematology