Polypharmacy in Heart Failure: Drugs to Use and Avoid.
Heart Fail Clin. 2014 Oct;10(4):577-590
Authors: Reed BN, Rodgers JE, Sueta CA
Polypharmacy, the use of 4 or more medications, is universal in patients with heart failure (HF). Evidence-based combination therapy is prescribed in patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Additionally, treatment of the high prevalence of comorbidities presents many therapeutic dilemmas. The use of nonprescription medications is common, adding further complexity to the medication therapy regimens of patients with HF. An approach for combining evidence-based therapies in patients with HFrEF is presented. Strategies for optimizing the management of common comorbidities in patients with HF are reviewed. Both prescription and nonprescription medications to avoid or use with caution are highlighted.
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