Psychotropic medications in palliative care Journal Article


Authors: Garcia, C.; Lynn, R.; Breitbart, W.
Article Title: Psychotropic medications in palliative care
Abstract: Psychotropic medications have had significant roles in the management of a variety of symptoms in patients living with chronic medical illness and in patients at the end of life. Intuitively, this may make sense given the considerable overlap of psychological and somatic symptoms in this population. Several reviews of the use of specific agents exist in the literature. However, a brief overview of the most commonly used psychotropic drug classes in palliative care can be helpful for a primary care provider to have as a guide to their usefulness in this population. This article reviews the use of antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and psychostimulants/ wakefulness agents for symptoms such as depressed mood, pain, nausea, palliative sedation, and delirium. © MBL Communications Inc.
Keywords: drug tolerability; review; drug efficacy; drug safety; drug withdrawal; side effect; adjuvant therapy; treatment indication; unindexed drug; low drug dose; pain; nausea; vomiting; aripiprazole; chlorpromazine; haloperidol; lorazepam; midazolam; olanzapine; quetiapine; risperidone; ziprasidone; akathisia; delirium; extrapyramidal symptom; palliative therapy; qt prolongation; sedation; withdrawal syndrome; dexamethasone; cancer pain; drug dose escalation; chemotherapy induced emesis; depression; mood; drug mechanism; cardiotoxicity; antidepressant agent; benzodiazepine derivative; neuroleptic agent; drug metabolism; morphine; drug dose titration; alprazolam; metoclopramide; neuropathic pain; tremor; amnesia; citalopram; clonazepam; droperidol; escitalopram; fluoxetine; fluphenazine; levomepromazine; paroxetine; perphenazine; prochlorperazine; psychotropic agent; sertraline; zuclopenthixol acetate; ataxia; drug tolerance; hyperreflexia; mental health; primary medical care; serotonin syndrome
Journal Title: Primary Psychiatry
Volume: 16
Issue: 5
ISSN: 1082-6319
Publisher: Mbl Communications, Inc Us  
Date Published: 2009-05-01
Start Page: 25
End Page: 32
Language: English
PROVIDER: scopus
DOI/URL:
Notes: --- - "Export Date: 30 November 2010" - "CODEN: PPRSC" - "Source: Scopus"
MSK Authors
  1. William S Breitbart
    359 Breitbart
  2. Rachel Y Lynn
    1 Lynn
  3. Carla S Garcia
    2 Garcia
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