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The use of analgesics

CICELY SAUNDERS, MARY BAINES and ROBERT DUNLOP

in Living with Dying

Third edition

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780192625144
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730009 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192625144.003.0003
The use of analgesics

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This chapter examines the use of analgesics for the control of terminal pain. Though there is no need to resort automatically to strong analgesics when a patient approaches the terminal stages of his illness, pain must be relieved as soon as it becomes a matter of complaint. The criteria for giving analgesia, particularly opioids, should be the presence of pain and not the expected length of life. The chapter provides recommended treatment for different levels of terminal pain.

Keywords: terminal pain; pain management; analgesics; opioids; expected life length; pain control

Chapter.  2077 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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