Every individual is unique, and experiences during the end of life can vary from person to person. However, common symptoms experienced include:
A compounding pharmacist may be able to provide solutions for challenges such as these. Working closely with the patient and the prescriber, compounding gives the pharmacist the means to customize medication to meet the individual needs of each patient.
Many hospice patients have trouble taking medications in traditional dosage forms.
In such cases, compounding can provide a more suitable method of administering medicine.
- A patient who is unable to swallow may be given topical medication through the skin to help provide relief, which also may help avoid stomach upset.
- Other patients may prefer medications prepared in as flavored lozenges or rapid-dissolve tablets that melt in the mouth.
- Medications also may be prepared as suppositories, oral liquids, or even as lollipops.
Information courtesy of PCCA, our independent compounding resource.