In 2011, an estimated 1.65 million patients received palliative care services. The Mayo Clinic defines palliative care as a “medical specialty that aims to improve quality of life for people who have serious or life-threatening illnesses. Palliative care takes into account the person’s emotional, physical and spiritual needs and goals – as well as the needs of his or her family.” In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care month, we want you to know that we are here to make this journey as comfortable as possible.
In many situations where palliative care or hospice is involved, the patient suffers from mild to severe nausea and vomiting. Persistent nausea can often be effectively controlled by using a combination of medications tailored to meet that individual’s specific needs. Often, alternate routes of administration (such as rectal or topical medications) are very helpful.
ABHR is a combination of four drugs (lorazepam, diphenhydramine, haloperidol and metoclopramide) that are commonly used to relieve nausea and vomiting; it is not commercially available and therefore must be prepared by a compounding pharmacy. One of the major advantages of compounded medications is that we can customize the strength and dosage form to meet each patient’s needs.
If you think you or your loved ones would benefit from palliative care services, we encourage you to stop by and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members today.