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Medication for pain from pressure sores and aggression probably from pain


Registered User
Mar 29, 2015
My father is 91 was diagnosed with dementia in July 2011 and is now in a dementia specialist care home. He is now doubly incontinent and has recently developed a pressure sore. He is in a lot of pain and is being given regular paracetamol, which can be a battle to administer. I have requested a stronger pain relief but have been told that this may cause constipation and due to the area affected could make the sores more painful. The doctor was approached for a pain patch by his carers and said he did not want to prescribe this and prescribed Haloperidol for 5 days. Having looked at this online it says that is not suitable for elderly with dementia and a side effect is constipation and increased risk of death plus a whole batch of other really confusing implications. Has anyone any experience with treatment either for pain relief or for aggression which may be considered to make his and everyone elses life more bearable?

Sue J

Registered User
Dec 9, 2009
I wonder if any topical analgesia would help something like lignocaine gel. Pressure sores can be very painful. Hopefully the aggression may subside if the pain is relieved. Hope you find something that helps.
Best wishes
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Registered User
Mar 26, 2011
Near Southampton
So many medications have adverse reactions lised for the elderly and for dementia sufferers especially so it's a case of judging the risks against the need.
This happens for younger people too. The pharmaceutical companies list so many warnings to avoid litigation should someone react badly - or so I understand.

My husband suffered from pressure sores, the worst being stage 4 on his hand. He was alread receiving Fentonyl patches for other pain plus regular paracetamol but it still hurt him dreadfully if his reaction when you tried to go near it was anything to go by.

For sores on his back, a topical cream was used.


Registered User
Jun 27, 2012
My mom (stage 7) had pressure sores. I there was a liquid painkiller that she take. She was kept almost a month not laying on her back to let it heal.
In 6 months her back was healed of pressure wounds.