Medications and Symptom Management

Unknown-3When a patient’s health reaches a time when curative measures will no longer have an effect to change the disease progression or extend the patient’s life, your patient’s physician may recommend that medications previously given for a cure be stopped. (Caution: Alwaysimages-2 consult the patient’s physician and/or hospice nurse before stopping or starting any medication, even over-the-counter or “natural” medications.) The patient, however, still requires care and treatment for uncomfortable symptoms and pain. The patient’s doctor will place him or her on medications to manage diabetes and symptoms such as nausea, constipation, shortness of breath and pain. Please find below a list of some websites with helpful information pertaining to end-of-life care. These are outside links. To return to Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. simply close out of the new window.

 

imagesWe also refer you to the extensive chapter called, “Symptom Management” in the book, The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas (Torchlight Publishing). This chapter contains a thorough list of uncomfortable symptoms experienced by many terminally ill patients and, in detail, offers choices on how to help T3BS137_srelieve them either through the use of allopathic medications and/or a more “Back to Basics” alternative approach. Please see the “Store” page on this site on how to order your copy of The Final Journey.  

 

 

Outside links for other information:   

http://www.hospicenet.org/html/prescription.htmlimages
About medications used for pain Quick Link

 

 

http://dying.about.com/od/gastrointestinalsymptoms/a/constipation.htm

Constipation: a common symptom in end-of-life care Quick Link

 

http://dying.about.com/od/symptommanagement/Symptom_Management.htm

Common symptoms and management in end-of-life care Quick Link

 

images-2http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp
This website has an  easy search box for medictions Quick Link

 

 

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www.cancer.org (See “Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain”)

Information on Medications plus Complementary non-medical treatments for pain relief such as:

*Relaxation
*Biofeedback
*Imagery 
*Distraction
*Hypnosis
*Skin stimulation
*Acupuncture
*Emotional support and counseling

 

How to Identify and Treat Death Rattle/Wet Respirations at the end of life: Unknown-5

Copy and paste this link below for information on end-of-life “death rattle” breathing sounds:

https://www.verywell.com/the-death-rattle-1132474

 

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