Ugeskr Læger 2017;179:V01170052
Pharmacological treatment of chronic non-cancer pain
19% of the grown-up Danish population suffer from a chronic pain condition. Most patients are treated by general practitioners (GPs), and only a smaller group need specialist treatment. This article goes through the pharmacological possibilities available with a special focus on treatment by GPs. For chronic pain as fibromyalgia and low back pain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and paracetamol are not recommended on a regular basis. The main pharmacological treatment is tricyclic antidepressants and gabapentinoids. If opioids are needed, long acting drugs are preferred.