Chapter 1: Medication types and uses

Forms of medications

It seemed that as his illness got worse, he needed more and different meds. I’m not sure if I was confused or just upset or both – in the extreme.

Medications come in different forms, such as the ones shown below. There are also different types of medications that can be prescribed in the different forms.

Forms of medication

*Although we don’t cover all types of medication in this chapter, if you are looking for information about a specific kind of medicine, you can try the link below. This Canadian Virtual Hospice website section, Asked and Answered, provides general information about some of the common medications. You can also try typing the name of the medicine in question into the search bar. Ultimately, all your questions about a medication should be answered and confirmed by your healthcare professional.


Be sure to discuss all medications (prescribed, over the counter, and herbal supplements) with your healthcare team and pharmacist. They will advise you about how best to manage the medications.

​​ Helpful resources

If you have specific questions about certain medications, you can go here