When 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: Always 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.
We 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 relieve 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:
About medications used for pain Quick Link
Constipation: a common symptom in end-of-life care Quick Link
Common symptoms and management in end-of-life care Quick Link
This website has an easy search box for medictions Quick Link
www.cancer.org (See “Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain”)
Information on Medications plus Complementary non-medical treatments for pain relief such as:
*Emotional support and counseling
How to Identify and Treat Death Rattle/Wet Respirations at the end of life:
Copy and paste this link below for information on end-of-life “death rattle” breathing sounds: