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This section gives an overview of the commonly used drugs (EXCLUDING OPIOIDS) to manage symptoms in patients with terminal illnesses. The information includes basic dosage information as well as indications for use and potential side effects. Please note that non-opioid drugs commonly used in palliative care are shown here but the list is NOT exhaustive and neither are the side effects nor indications. Doses are for adults only. Please check with pharmacy colleagues for dose adjustments (if any) in renal or liver impairment. Unless otherwise indicated, use water for injection for dilution in continuous subcutaneous infusions.

Drug Formulary

  • Reference 

    • Watson M. Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press; 2009.


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