Palliative Care, as defined by the World Health Organization is “an approach to improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness”.
Palliative Care if often a team based approach, incorporating physicians, nurses, counselors and well as pharmacists. The skill and knowledgeable of caring compounding pharmacist can complement a physician’s abilities. Many times, patients with chronic illnesses approaching the end of life require pain relief and control of their symptoms. While every individual is unique, common symptoms and problems include:
- Pain Management
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Severe Constipation
- Decubitus Ulcers
- Shortness of Breath
Compounded medications are available to help with all of the above problems. We work closely with practitioners and caregivers to customize a personal solution that meets the needs of each patient so that patients can enjoy precious time with loved ones. Please contact our compounding pharmacist to discuss the dosage form, strength, and medication or combination that is most appropriate.
Compounded Medications for Palliative Care
Among the greatest therapeutic challenges faced by both patients and caregivers is the treatment required by individuals who have a terminal condition. It is difficult to find evidence-based studies on the management of end-of-life situations because each patient’s medical case is unique. In addition, maintaining a controlled environment for such patients is difficult. End-of-life care is multifaceted and people with a terminal illness are among the most vulnerable patients in need of effective and compassionate care. When those patients suffer in spite of commercially available therapies, the innovation and experience of clinicians and compounding pharmacists can often yield a solution to the most challenging treatment problems.