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What Medications are Allowed on Hospice?

What Medications are Allowed on Hospice?

Persistent pain is one of the most distressing aspects of a terminal illness. As a result, many drugs are administered in the context of hospice care to relieve pain or discomfort brought on by a terminal diagnosis. Furthermore, research shows that antidepressants are commonly prescribed for hospice patients with dementia, cancer, and lung disease.

Additionally, hospice patients may need medicine to treat other symptoms of end-of-life illness, such as nausea, dyspnea, or delirium. So, hospice medication management commonly includes some of the following medications:

  • Acetaminophen/Tylenol (pain and fever)
  • Methadone (pain)
  • Morphine (pain)
  • Codeine (pain)
  • Diclofenac (pain)
  • Ibuprofen (pain)
  • Carbamazepine (neuropathic pain)
  • Dexamethasone (pain, nausea, vomiting)
  • Diazepam (anxiety)
  • Lorazepam (anxiety)
  • Citalopram (depression)
  • Trazodone (insomnia)
  • Zolpidem (insomnia)