044 Hospice Medications and What to do if You're Concerned


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In This Episode:

Dr. K addresses a reader’s concerns about the morphine and lorazepam (brand name Ativan) that were given to her relatives with dementia, while on hospice. She covers:

  • Common end of life symptoms, and which symptoms are common in people with advanced Alzheimer’s
  • How morphine is usually used at the end of life, to manage problems such as pain and shortness of breath
  • Why it’s usually possible to use morphine to control symptoms without “hastening” death
  • Why it’s unclear that lorazepam should be used as often as it is, in hospice care
  • How to choose a good hospice provider
  • How to be proactive, to avoid problems and misunderstandings with the hospice team
  • What you can do, if you’re concerned about the care a loved one is receiving while on hospice

Related episode:

043 How Hospice Helps at the End of Life, & Hospice for Alzheimer s

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