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Compounded Medications Help with End-of-Life Care

A compounded preparation can be prescribed when commercially manufactured medications do not adequately meet a patient's medical needs near the end of life. People with a terminal illness are among the most vulnerable patients and need effective and compassionate care. When those patients continue to suffer although they have received the most appropriate doses of commercially available medications, the innovation and experience of a compounding pharmacist working together with a physician can often yield a solution to the most challenging treatment problems. Compounds are often used in outpatient hospice and palliative care to treat conditions such as ulcers/wounds, pain and dyspnea, intractable cough, nausea and vomiting, depression, bladder infections caused by an indwelling catheter, and rectal pain. Ask our pharmacist for more information.

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