Hospice Policy and Procedure Manual

Hospice Policy and Procedure Manual

7022 - Tapering of Medications

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____ Hospice shall allow orders for medication tapering, which is the
progressive reduction in dose or frequency of a medication to achieve a desired status of the

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Medications are ordered to be tapered to protect the patient, when abrupt discontinuation
of the medication would harm the patient (physiological rebound) or present the patient
with unpleasant effects or withdrawal symptoms. By reducing a medications dosage in
increments, these reactions can be avoided. Additionally, medications are ordered for
tapering when gradual reduction of a dose will benefit the patient.