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Table. 2.

Table. 2.

The number of patients prescribed medications from the IAHPC essential medicines for palliative care at four time point

Medications* Number of patients (%)
Transfer day −14 day −7 day 0 day
Amitriptyline 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0)
Bisacodyl 1 (2.2) 2 (4.3) 1 (2.2) 1 (2.2)
Carbamazepine 0 (0.0) 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Citalopram (or any other equivalent generic SSRI except paroxetine and fluvoxamine) 3 (6.5) 2 (4.3) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Codeine 3 (6.5) 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Dexamethasone 2 (4.3) 9 (19.6) 8 (17.4) 10 (21.7)
Diclofenac 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Fentanyl (transdermal patch) 14 (30.4) 11 (23.9) 10 (21.7) 5 (10.9)
Gabapentin 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0)
Haloperidol 2 (4.3) 5 (10.9) 7 (15.2) 3 (6.5)
Ibuprofen 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.2)
Lorazepam 2 (4.3) 4 (8.7) 5 (10.9) 5 (10.9)
Megestrol acetate 9 (19.6) 1 (2.2) 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0)
Metoclopramide 3 (6.5) 3 (6.5) 2 (4.3) 2 (4.3)
Mirtazapine (or any generic dual action NaSSA or SNRI) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.2) 2 (4.3) 1 (2.2)
Morphine 17 (37.0) 24 (52.2) 26 (56.5) 31 (67.4)
Oxycodone 24 (52.2) 30 (65.2) 26 (56.5) 20 (43.5)
Paracetamol (acetaminophen) 4 (8.7) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.2)
Tramadol 6 (13.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0)
Zolpidem (still patented) 1 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)

IAHPC, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care; SSRI, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor; NaSSA, noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressant; SNRI, serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor.

*There are 33 drugs in the IAHPC list of essential medicines for palliative care, though we stated only 20 drugs that actually prescribed in this study.

Korean J Clin Geri 2023;24:115-121 https://doi.org/10.15656/kjcg.2023.24.3.115
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