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 Medicines List (168kb pdf).

Page updated 19 July 2018

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