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Hospice Medication Information

Accurate, easy-to-understand hospice medication information helps you care for your loved one effectively. As his or her needs evolve, we maintain an open dialogue with you to support choices for reducing pain and discomfort.

Indiana University Health offers medicines based on your loved one’s unique needs and preferences. Your hospice nurse reviews these medicines with you at each visit. We want to ensure that your loved one is receiving the right combination of drugs to relieve pain and other symptoms effectively. We deliver all hospice medicines to you directly so you have no delays or complications with an outside pharmacy.

Our emphasis is on patient self-determination. We explain the benefits and drawbacks of different medicines, but ultimately your loved one chooses his or her own course for symptom management and pain relief. 

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Hospice Medication Information Treatment Information

At the beginning of hospice care, our staff guides you through a program called Hospice 101. This course offers complete instruction on how to provide care at home. Part of this educational service is information about medicines that ease your loved one’s pain and discomfort. You also receive ongoing education so you are always informed about medicines and their effects.

The hospice pharmacy can supply you with facts and information about medicines. Your hospice nurse is also available to help you learn about medicines available to your loved one. Below are some questions to ask so you can gather the information you need:

Your hospice nurse can call on a nurse practitioner if necessary. Nurse practitioners provide advanced levels of care and respond to your loved one’s changing needs. They work closely with your physician to prescribe new medicines or different doses of existing medicines. Your nurse practitioner explains medicine changes and how they will affect your family member so you know what to expect.

These are some medicines we commonly prescribe for hospice patients:

As needed, we also offer in-service programs and informal education for caregivers in long-term care and other facilities. These programs helps physicians, nurses and other staff understand the goals of hospice and the medicine we commonly use with patients. With this information, non-hospice care providers are better able to work effectively with you and our staff to keep your loved one comfortable.


Hospice Medication Information Locations & Physicians

For more information, please contact us at 866.272.5083.


Hospice Medication Information Support Services

Find out more about medicines commonly used in hospice care to relieve pain and manage symptoms and side effects.