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Living with DyingA Guide to Palliative Care$
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Cicely Saunders, Mary Baines, and Robert Dunlop

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780192625144

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192625144.001.0001

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The use of analgesics

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

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