The medications at the end of life depend on the patient’s needs and symptoms. Some common medications used in end-of-life care include:
- Morphine: Morphine is a powerful pain reliever often used to manage pain and shortness of breath in patients with advanced illnesses.
- Hydromorphone: Hydromorphone is another pain reliever that is similar to morphine.
- Midazolam: Midazolam is a medication that can help manage anxiety, agitation, and other symptoms that may be distressing to the patient.
- Haloperidol: Haloperidol is a medication that is sometimes used to manage delirium, hallucinations, and other neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients at the end of life.
Other medications used in end-of-life care include anti-nausea medications, sedatives, and antibiotics. The specific medications and doses will depend on the patient’s needs and medical condition. The hospice care team will work closely with the patient and their family to develop a care plan that addresses their symptoms and provides comfort and support during their final days.