Medication and pain relief

Tablet medication in a tub

As a patient/client nears the end of their life, the need for and type of medication required may change.


The person’s pain may get worse but this may be difficult to tell if they are unable communicate effectively.

Observing body language and changes such as increased agitation, moaning, screwing up their face should be reported to the nurse or doctor so they can reassess their need for further pain relief.

If the person becomes unable to swallow tablets, alternative methods of administration can be considered such as injections, skin patches or a syringe pump.