Pain & Symptom Control

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How to Manage Dyspnea in Dying Patients

Learn about the medical and non-medical interventions that can be done to help terminally ill patients breathe easier when they have dyspnea. Terminally ill patients in hospice or palliative care settings might experience dyspnea (difficulty...

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Demerol Pain Medication Information

Demerol is a narcotic pain reliever, also called an opioid. Learn about its uses and side effects and why it is prescribed less today than before. Demerol (meperidine) is a narcotic, or opioid, a pain medication that has been around for quite some...

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How Often Should Pain Medications Be Taken?

Taking pain medication on a schedule can help prevent accidental overdose and unwanted side effects. Here’s what you should know. When you're on painkillers, you may wonder how often you should take them. These drugs are intended to help people...

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Palliative Care for Stroke Patients

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. Because it's so deadly, you should be prepared with palliative care options. troke remains the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States following heart disease,...

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Constipation in Chronically Ill Patients

Learn why constipation is a common symptom for people with chronic and terminal illnesses but can be prevented with common sense lifestyle practices. Constipation is a decrease in the frequency of passage of well-formed stools and is characterized...

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