• LindaP LindaP
    May 01, 2009
    is roxanol 20mg/ml predominantly a sublingual medication?
    LindaP LindaP
    May 01, 2009

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    May 02, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    May 01, 2009

    Roxanol is a highly concentrated liquid form of morphine sulfate.  It can be swallowed or administered as a sublingual.  It is used frequently in hospice situations to relieve pain in patients who are no longer able to swallow. 

    • rudy
      April 18, 2010
      rudy
      April 18, 2010

      is it safe to give roxanol 20mg/ml (0.25ml) every hour x 3 doses to a end stage COPD pt by a unlicensed caregiver with an instruction from an RN?

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    • Karen Lee Richards
      April 26, 2010
      Karen Lee Richards
      Health Guide
      April 26, 2010

      Sorry I couldn't answer sooner, but I've been out of town for the past week. 

       

      Only a doctor can prescribe medication, so I would imagine the RN is relaying the doctor's instructions.  If the patient is at home, any caregiver can administer the medication – a license is not required.  If the patient is in a nursing home, hospital or hospice facility, you'd have to check on their rules and procedures regarding the administration of medications. 

       

      I can't comment on the dosage as that is something a doctor has to determine for each individual patient.  What is good for one patient may not be good for another.  If you're concerned, don't hesitate to speak up and ask questions.

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