Hospice / Palliative Care: Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
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Custom compounded medications to provide comfort to patients receiving palliative care are available at Phusion Pharmacy. Call to speak to one of our compounding pharmacists for details. 401-823-0000.
When illness is incurable or the cause is irreversible and the goal is palliation, systemic opioids are the first-line therapy for symptomatic management of dyspnea.
Palliat Med. 1997 Jul;11(4):277-81.
Oral morphine as symptomatic treatment of dyspnoea in patients with advanced cancer. Click here to access the PubMed abstract of this article.

N Engl J Med. 1981 Dec 31;305(27):1611-6. Effects of dihydrocodeine, alcohol, and caffeine on breathlessness and exercise tolerance in patients with chronic obstructive lung disease and normal blood gases. Click here to access the PubMed abstract of this article.

Education for Physicians on End-of-life Care (EPEC) Participant’s Handbook EPEC Project, 1999. The Project to Educate Physicians on End-of-life Care from the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association.
 


BMJ. 2003 Sep 6;327(7414):523-8
Randomised, double blind, placebo controlled crossover trial of sustained release morphine for the management of refractory dyspnoea
Click here to access the PubMed abstract of this article.


Please select a topic below to learn more about our pharmacists' abilities to compound custom palliative care products:

Anti-emetics

Therapy for Dry-Mouth (xerostomia)

Anti-Secretory Agents

Pain Management

Wound Care

Dyspnea

Prevention / Treatment of Radiation Mucositis / Proctitis

Examples of Compounded Medications
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