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How can I manage end of life delirium?

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Dr. Anthony Back
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Meds, hydration

The issues to consider: reducing some existing meds (sometimes opioids), adding meds to help control delirium (often haloperidol is a first choice), and sometimes small amounts of hydration can be helpful.
You should get an experienced clinician to help--if you're at home with someone, call the hospice or your doctor's office.

In brief: Meds, hydration

The issues to consider: reducing some existing meds (sometimes opioids), adding meds to help control delirium (often haloperidol is a first choice), and sometimes small amounts of hydration can be helpful.
You should get an experienced clinician to help--if you're at home with someone, call the hospice or your doctor's office.
Dr. Anthony Back
Dr. Anthony Back
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Dr. Earl Smith
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Delirium

Sorry your loved one is going through this difficult but normal stage of life that all of us will.
Talk to your hospice team. A calm, familiar environment helps. Some people's delirium is calm: talking to long dead loved ones; other people have lived through wars & concentration camps and things we cannot imagine, and require low dose psych medications if they are suffering.

In brief: Delirium

Sorry your loved one is going through this difficult but normal stage of life that all of us will.
Talk to your hospice team. A calm, familiar environment helps. Some people's delirium is calm: talking to long dead loved ones; other people have lived through wars & concentration camps and things we cannot imagine, and require low dose psych medications if they are suffering.
Dr. Earl Smith
Dr. Earl Smith
Thank
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