Many types of medications can be used to try to prevent an amputation. The type of medication depends upon the condition that may be leading to an amputation.
- People with infections may get antibiotics to stop the spread of the infection before it causes severe damage.
- Cancer patients may receive chemotherapy, which can help kill cancer cells and even make an amputation more effective.
- People with peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, may receive medications to control cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, or blood clots.
- After an amputation, a doctor might prescribe antibiotics to stop an infection. Some patients may receive pain medication to deal with the discomfort caused by the procedure.