Purpose: Treatment of opioid-resistant pain and of opioid-induced neurotoxicity.
Your clinician has prescribed methadone for pain or shortness of breath. The following information addresses questions frequently asked by patients or families about this medication:
Information about Methadone to Treat Chronic Pain
(A guideline for nurses. Use this in conjunction with the handout “Methadone Information for Patients & Families” from the Journal of Palliative Medicine)
If you have a severe, chronic disease or a terminal illness, your doctor, or someone else, may suggest that hospice may now be appropriate for you. This article will define hospice, how it differs from palliative care, and should help you determine if you or someone you know is eligible to receive hospice.
What’s an AICD?
AICD is an Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. It is inserted under the skin by a cardiologist for people who have severe Congestive Heart Failure or have had a cardiac arrest (stopping of heart) or a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm. It may be combined with a pacemaker, which provides a small electrical stimulus to trigger a contraction if the heart rate is too slow; and can “shock” the heart with a larger electrical charge if the heart’s rhythm becomes extremely irregular.
What is VSED (Voluntary Stopping Eating & Drinking)?
This refers to the decision by a patient to stop eating food and drinking liquids when they have a terminal or life-limiting disease, so that their death can be hastened (and therefore their dying will not be prolonged).