Common drug interactions leading to adverse drug events in the intensive care unit: management and pharmacokinetic considerations.
Crit Care Med. 2010 Jun;38(6 Suppl):S126-35
Authors: Papadopoulos J, Smithburger PL
Critically ill patients are predisposed to drug interactions because of the complexity of the drug regimens they receive in the intensive care setting. Drugs may affect the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and/or elimination of an object drug and consequently alter the intended pharmacologic response and potentially lead to an adverse event. Certain disease states that afflict critically ill patients may also amplify an intended pharmacologic response and potentially result in an unintended effect. A team approach is important to identify, prevent, and address drug interactions in the intensive care setting and optimize patient outcomes.
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