Do I really need to wake my father up so he can take his pain medication?

1 answer | Last updated: Dec 03, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

My father is in a great deal of pain from stage IV lung cancer. His doctor insists I wake him up to take his medication so that he stays on schedule, but it seems so mean, I hate to do it. Why is this important?

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A fellow caregiver answered...

Breakthrough pain can be more bothersome than losing a little sleep. Keeping the patient comfortable involves staying ahead of the pain with prescribed medication and giving it on schedule. Once the breakthrough pain sets in, it can difficult to chase.