This highly practical session considers the question, “What do I do with a patient who can’t swallow a tablet or capsule?” Patients with a serious illness are often in this position, and treating their pain or nonpain symptoms can be challenging. In this fast-paced presentation we will address alternate medication formulations and routes of administration, including evidence supporting compounded medications where appropriate, for pain and commonly experienced symptoms in advanced illness. No, you can’t just insert any old tablet in the rectum! A better strategy is to tune in for this presentation and come up with a plan that WILL work!
Identify alternate routes of medication administration, in addition to the oral route
Describe the benefits and limitations of transmucosal, transdermal, topical and rectal medication administration
Describe evidence that supports and refutes the use of compounded topical medications