Anxiety can be a natural response to approaching death, which can be exacerbated by an underlying anxiety disorder or result from newly emerging symptoms such as delirium, pain
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Tasmanian Adult Palliative Care Formulary
Page last updated 21 February 2019
- Anxiety may be related to dyspnoea (shortness of breath). Management with opioids (Benzodiazepines) may be useful in reducing dyspnoea and related anxiety.
- Due to its long half-life, clonazepam delivered as a subcutaneous bolus once or twice per day can provide a sustained effect.
- In general, subcutaneous injections are a more pragmatic choice for a person in the last days of life as a dry mouth is common and this can affect sublingual absorption.