Tag: Medication Side Effects

The Benefits of Deprescribing Medications in Hospice: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Hospice Nurses

Common Medications That May No Longer Be Needed For Terminally Ill Patients
I know how important it is to provide comfort and support during this challenging journey. One aspect of hospice care that often raises concerns is deprescribing medications. In this article, we'll explore what deprescribing is and why it can benefit patients nearing the end of life.
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Statins Increase the Risk of Dementia or Worsening Dementia

Atorvastatin
Pharmaceutical advertisements often highlight the benefits of a particular drug, including its ability to reduce the risk of various health conditions. However, the actual risk reduction these drugs provide may differ from what is portrayed in the advertisements. It is the opinion of the author that if cardiologists and other providers told their patients the absolute risk reduction of statins is 0.8% for all-cause mortality, 1.3% for myocardial infarction and 0.4% for stroke and the side effects of going on a statin include dementia, worsening dementia, confusion, muscle problems, such as aches, pains, weakness, muscle breakdown, falls, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, would you or anyone else ever agree to take a statin?
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Early Detection of Serotonin Syndrome in Dementia Patients: Three Case Studies

diagnosing serotonin syndrome
Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by an excess of serotonin in the body. Detecting this condition early is crucial, but it can be particularly challenging when dealing with dementia patients due to communication barriers and the complexity of their symptoms. In this article, we will present three case studies that highlight the early detection and successful management of serotonin syndrome in patients with different types of dementia: Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and Lewy Body Dementia.
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Understanding Serotonin Syndrome: A Comprehensive Guide

clinical presentation of serotonin syndrome
Hospice nurses assess the status of the patient's journey towards the end of life every nursing visit. Situations where a reversible condition can drastically impact the patient and the hospice assessment can occur. If it is not caught, it is potentially mistreated, leading to increased discomfort and a faster death, often involving increased suffering. One of the common clues that someone is getting closer to dying is increased agitation and restlessness. Are you aware of Serotonin Syndrome?
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My Loved One with Dementia

This article helps families and caregivers better understand Dementia. There are many types of Dementia, with the most common being Alzheimer’s, which accounts for approximately 60% of cases. Each type has its particularities, but all involve an increasing inability to make safe choices regarding daily living activities. Dementia in General Dementia is a…

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