Morphine vs Duragesic patch (fentanyl) for cancer pain
My sister is having bone cancer (chondrasarcoma) in pelvis for last 4 years. Cancer is in advanced stage now and she is completely on pain-killers. It is a slow growing tumor growing in pelvis and surrounding areas.
She has been taking Ultracet (37.5 mg tramadol+ 325 mg acetaphenomin) for 2 years. Currently she is taking around 5 Ultacet tablets a day but still does not get pain relief. She is also taking some anti-depressents.
Now doctors are suggesting to start narcotics drugs like morphine/duragesic patches.
What will be good among morphine and duragesic (fentanyl)? Her pain is typical cancer pain (due to growing tumor and nerves getting pressed) and is there round the clock.
Is there any other better altnernative then morphine and durageisc.
Thanks & Best Regards,
Naresh Agarwal (from India)