Which medications are useful before and after an amputation?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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.

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