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What are the different ways that pain medicine is given?

David Kuhl
Hospice & Palliative Medicine
There are many ways or routes by which to take pain medication: by mouth (oral) in forms of liquid, tablet or sustained-release capsules; by rectum; across the skin by wearing a patch (transdermal); under the skin by a small needle (subcutaneous); through the veins (intravenous); patient-controlled pumps; and small tubes (catheters) implanted in specific areas (the spine, known as an epidural, the brain or places that affect specific nerves or pathways). For its cost-effectiveness and convenience, the oral route is preferred.
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