We know that threating patients suffering from pain in many forms places huge financial pressure on the Irish Health Service; more needs to be done, both to improve the lives of people affected by chronic pain, and to work towards more effective management of the many different types of pain.
Most people are affected by pain at some point in their lives. There are two main types of pain:
- Acute, or short-term pain (which has started recently)
- Chronic, or long-term pain (which has lasted for three months or more)
General Practitioners (GP) are well positioned to help you with short-term pain – they will try to make a diagnosis and offer treatment options.
Chronic pain is often a symptom of another underlying condition, such as cancer or arthritis, but it is also an illness in its own right, due to an issue in the body’s pain system. Support from your GP and pain services can lessen the pain, improve your independence and help you cope in general. There are many support programmes to help you manage your pain, but if your pain is more severe and is affecting your quality of life, stopping you leaving the house and impeding your mobility, then you may be referred to a specialist.
There is a comprehensive range of pain management solutions that help healthcare professionals to respond effectively to the individual requirements of each patient.
Applying expertise, innovation and technology to improve health
Making progress on pain management options is urgently needed. We are developing a focused pipeline of new drugs and novel treatments to meet patient and societal needs in pain management.
Our global research and development group is developing a focused portfolio of solutions that looks across the spectrum of pain states, including chronic nociceptive pain, cancer pain, and chronic neuropathic pain.
We are proud to be bringing back a measure of quality to the lives of those patients living with chronic pain.
Exploring socially responsible pain treatments
Pain is one of the most significant healthcare problems the world faces today. It impacts hundreds of millions of people across the world, profoundly affecting their quality of life and costing society countless billions of pounds in treatment along with lost productivity.
We are bringing more relief to patients by innovating in the research of our opioid-based treatments. At the same time, we are addressing some of the key challenges associated with opioids - their abuse and misuse.
We are dedicated to supporting our patients and healthcare professionals
Our work with patients, and our experience in this therapy area, means we are well placed to invest in extensive research into potential cures and medicines to help improve pain management, to offer patients and healthcare professionals a wider choice of treatments.
Life Effects™ - patient support from Teva
Your health impacts your life in so many different ways—physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and financially, to name a few. Chronic pain can turn your life upside down.
Through Teva’s Life Effects™ website you can read stories from other patients and caregivers who share their tips and real life experiences to help other patients navigate their new normal.
The only people who really know what you are going through are other patients like you
Life Effects™ for caregivers
Navigating the challenges and joys of caregiving
Being an informed patient
Have a look at our guidance on ways you can become a well-informed patient