Palliative care, or hospice, is the philosophy that aims to achieve the highest quality of life in terminally ill patients. Pain control and symptom relief is essential in meeting these goals. Research has shown that pharmacy compounding is especially beneficial in this area to treat the following issues:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Infection control in wounds
- Bed sores
- Radiation proctitis and mucositis
- Excessive pulmonary secretions
- Dry mouth
An essential aspect of palliative care is the management of pain. Even when there is stability in the disease process, uncontrolled pain can greatly impact the quality of life the patient is able to maintain. Because there are a variety of factors at work with chronic pain, this condition often requires customized treatment protocols including various therapies for optimal results.
Physicians may turn to a number of different pain-relieving medications, including antiviral agents, anesthetics, antiarrhythmics, anticonvulsants, to name a few. Many physicians have found when various medications are precisely combined, the patient can receive greater benefit with smaller concentrations.
Compounding is the practice of preparing formulations in the exact specifications recommended by a physician for maximum efficiency. A compounding pharmacist will work closely with the prescribing physician to prepare an exact formulation based on the patient's need. The combination of high-quality pharmaceutical ingredients and preparation of the ideal dosage form means that the patient is set up for the most advantageous outcome.
Compounded medications are made to suit the needs of the patient in every way. In palliative care, it is understood that the patient may not have the ability to swallow pills or to metabolize and use medications effectively when the digestive process is involved. In many instances, the ideal dosage form may be suppositories or transdermal gels or creams.
Your loved ones deserve the greatest degree of comfort during palliative care. We can help make your job easier by working with your physician for precise medication dosing.
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