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Medicines used in palliative care

This leaflet explains more about medicines used in palliative care

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Many medicines are supplied with a “patient information leaflet”. This can provide a great deal of information about the medicine, its uses and side effects. Sometimes medicines can have more than one effect on the body.  Palliative care doctors have found that certain medicines are safe and effective for symptoms other than those recommended by the manufacturer. Sometimes, the information you receive from us will not agree with that in the leaflet accompanying the medicine.


This is called ‘unlicensed’ or ‘off-label’ prescribing.