Breast Lumps and Pain (cont.)
Breast Lumps and Pain Medications
When nonmedical treatment fails to control cyclic breast pain, your health
care professional may prescribe birth control pills or danazol (Danocrine). Be sure
to ask about possible side effects of these medications and report them to your
doctor if you experience them.
- Many other drugs have been tried in the treatment of cyclic breast pain and
have been found not to be useful or are generally not recommended because of
their side effects.
- Noncyclic breast pain is managed by treating the
underlying cause. If a mass or lump is found, it is checked and treated. When
your breast pain is caused by chest wall tenderness, it is treated with
anti-inflammatory medication or rarely by steroid injections.
- If no cause for the noncyclic pain is found, a pain treatment protocol for
cyclic pain is usually tried and often found to be successful.
- For simple mastitis without an abscess, oral
antibiotics are prescribed.
The antibiotic chosen will depend on the clinical situation, your doctor's
preference, and your medication allergies, if any. This medicine is safe to use
while breastfeeding and will not harm the baby.
- Chronic mastitis in nonbreastfeeding women is more complicated. Recurrent
episodes of mastitis are common. Occasionally this type of infection responds
poorly to antibiotics. Therefore, close follow-up with your doctor is mandatory.
M Ruby Alvi, MD, CCFP, MHSc
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