Prescribing guidance for nausea and vomiting


Nausea is commonly encountered in the last days of life.

Antiemetic naïve

Antiemetic tolerant


Prescribing considerations

  • Review patient regularly
  • If greater than 3 doses of PRN metoclopramide 10mg SC are required over 24 hour period, or if prescribed haloperidol dose ineffective over 24 hour period, review and consider changes in medication and syringe driver orders
  • Check availability of medicines through the patient’s usual pharmacy

The medicines listed throughout this app are in line with those endorsed by Caring at Home and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) within the Community End-of-Life Medication List (88kb pdf).




Page updated 12 April 2018



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