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Do palliative care and hospice care use medications for pain?

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Both palliative care and hospice care offer medicines that can ease your pain.

Those can range from over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen to stronger relief such as oxycodone or morphine, which are opiates, or sometimes other prescription drugs called opioids.

SOURCES:

Ballantyne, J. , August 2011. Current Pain and Headache Reports

Center to Advance Palliative Care

Meera, A. , January 2011. Indian Journal of Palliative Care

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National Institute of Nursing Research

Prater, C., , 2002. Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

U.S. National Library of Medicine

World Health Organization

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Ballantyne, J. , August 2011. Current Pain and Headache Reports

Center to Advance Palliative Care

Meera, A. , January 2011. Indian Journal of Palliative Care

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National Institute of Nursing Research

Prater, C., , 2002. Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

U.S. National Library of Medicine

World Health Organization

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 11, 2018

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