Each patient’s symptoms are different and we will discuss with you, and those close to you, the best treatments for your symptoms. This may include morphine or other painkillers but we will carefully adjust doses to manage your pain and minimise any side effects. Patients often become weaker and more sleepy when they are very unwell as part of the normal progress of their illness; we only give sedative medications when they are needed for agitation or distress and will always discuss this.