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Dr. Mery Lossada
Mery Lossada, MD
Chief Medical Officer,
Hospice of Marion County

Mery Lossada, MD

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Misconceptions about end-of-life care prevent patients and families from seeking the comfort care that could make such a difference during life’s most difficult passage. Get the information straight from the doctor. Send in your questions to info@hospiceofmarion.com and become an informed consumer to make the right healthcare decisions for you and your family.

Your Questions Answered...

Q: Dr. Lossada, I am worried about giving my father morphine. He seems so drowsy and I can’t rouse him. Is this drug dangerous?

A: Your father may sleep for many hours after the first few doses of any opioid. This does not mean the dose was too high or that the medication is hastening the end-of-life process. In fact, long sleep could be the first comfortable rest your dad has had in a very long time. Our specially trained pharmacist carefully prepares dosages specific to the individual to provide just the right amount to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety. It is a fact that these pain-reducing drugs are safe for terminal patients; they cannot become addicts because opioids are not used as recreational drugs, but rather as adding quality of life, when pain and symptoms are properly managed.

 

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