IAHPC List of Essential Drugs for Palliative Care

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE (IAHPC) LIST OF ESSENTIAL DRUGS FOR PALLIATIVE CARE1


Medication Formulation
Acetaminophen/paracetamol 100-500 mg tablets 500 mg rectal suppositories
Amitriptyline2 50-150 mg tablets
Bisacodyl 10 mg tablets 10 mg rectal suppositories
Carbamazepine3 100-200 mg tablet
Citalopram (or any other equivalent generic SSRI, except paroxetine and fluvoxamine) 20 mg tablets 10 mg/5 ml oral solution 20-40 mg injectable
Codeine 30 mg tablets
Dexamethasone 0.5-4 mg tablets 4 mg/ml injectable
Diazepam 2.5-10 mg tablets 5 mg/ml injectable 10 mg rectal suppository
Diclofenac 25-50 mg tablets 50 and 75 mg/3 ml injectable
Diphenhydramine 25 mg tablets 50 mg/ml injectable
Fentanyl (transdermal patch) 25 micrograms/hr 50 micrograms/hr
Gabapentin 300 mg or 400 mg tablets
Haloperidol 0.5-5 mg tablets 0.5-5 mg drops 0.5-5 mg/ml injectable
Hyoscine butylbromide 20 mg/1ml oral solution 10 mg tablets 10 mg/ml injectable
Ibuprofen 200 mg tablets 400 mg tablets
Levomepromazine/methotrimeprazine 5-50 mg tablets 25 mg/ml injectable
Loperamide 2 mg tablets
Lorazepam4 0.5, 1 and 2 mg tablets 2 mg/ml liquid/drops 2-4 ml injectable
Megestrol Acetate 160 mg tablets 40 mg/ml solution
Methadone (immediate release) 5 mg tablets 1 mg/ml oral solution
Metoclopramide 10 mg tablets 5 mg/ml injectable
Midazolam 1-5 mg/ml injectable
Mineral oil enema
Mirtazapine (or any other dual action NassA or SNRI) 15-30 mg tablets 7.5-15 mg injectable
Morphine Immediate release: 10-60 mg tablets Immediate release: 10 mg/5 ml oral solution Immediate release: 10 mg/ml injectable Sustained release: 10 mg tablets Sustained release: 30 mg tablets
Octreotide 100 mcg/ml injectable
Oral rehydration salts
Oxycodone 5 mg tablet
Prednisolone (as an alternative to Dexamethasone) 5 mg tablet
Senna 8.6 mg tablets
Tramadol 50 mg immediate release tablets/capsules 100 mg/1 ml oral solution 50 mg/ml injectable
Trazodone 25-75 mg tablets 50 mg injectable
Zolpidem (still patented) 5-10 mg tablets
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