Use of opioids in the treatment of severe pain in terminally ill patients--dying should not be painful

Title

Use of opioids in the treatment of severe pain in terminally ill patients--dying should not be painful

Creator

Moynihan TJ

Identifier

Publisher

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Date

2003

Subject

Humans; Male; Pain Measurement; Terminal Care; Analgesics; Middle Aged; Analgesia; Pain/drug therapy/etiology; Infusion Pumps; Dose-Response Relationship; Drug; Opioid/administration & dosage/therapeutic use; Patient-Controlled; Morphine/administration & dosage/therapeutic use; Pancreatic Neoplasms

Description

Pain is a common symptom at the end of life. The vast majority of pain can be readily managed if simple principles of practice are followed. Chronic pain requires continuous analgesia, and severe pain requires use of strong analgesics, most commonly the opioids. In addition to drugs administered continually, short-acting medications must be available for "breakthrough" pain. This article reviews the principles of pain management in terminally ill patients, using a case-based demonstration.
2003

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

1397-1401

Issue

11

Volume

78

Citation

Moynihan TJ, “Use of opioids in the treatment of severe pain in terminally ill patients--dying should not be painful,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 23, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12625.

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