Psychopharmacology in supportive care of cancer: a review for the clinician
Neuroleptics are frequently used in patients with advanced cancer. Most relevant and practical aspects of their use in supportive cancer care are reviewed, to assist the clinical oncologist and palliative care specialist when prescribing these drugs. This article reviews pharmacological properties, indications, such as delirium, nausea and vomiting, pain, anxiety and other symptoms, adverse effects, and drug interactions of neuroleptics and compares the profiles of different compounds. Special emphasis is put on the role of neuroleptics in the management of delirium.