Inappropriate medication use in the elderly.

Darryl S. Chutka, Paul Y. Takahashi, Robert W. Hoel

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Medications are commonly used in the elderly population. Because of a variety of treatments now available, many disease states now have very effective treatment. As a result, our elderly patients often take multiple medications. Due to various changes that occur, the elderly are at increased risk of adverse drug effects and drug toxicity potentially resulting in serious complications. Some medications have a greater potential to cause harm and these should be made aware to those who prescribe to elderly patients. Some of these medications should not be used if at all possible, while others, if used, need to be used with great caution, watching carefully for signs of problems. This article describes a variety of medications which have an increased potential for causing harm in elderly patients and gives alternatives of safer medications consideration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-340
Number of pages10
JournalEssential psychopharmacology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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