Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics in Older Adults.

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Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics in Older Adults.

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2017 Dec;31(4):609-617

Authors: Benson JM

Abstract
Antimicrobial use in older adults requires working knowledge of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of these drugs, and the alterations known to occur with these models as patients age. A summary of pharmacokinetic principles relevant to antimicrobials and an overview of published medical literature describing pharmacokinetic changes known to correlate with age are presented. Pharmacodynamic models that apply to antibacterial agents are reviewed, as are likely effects of aging on these models. The understanding of how older adults respond in terms of efficacy and toxicity is increasing but limited. Further research into the effects of aging on the actions of antimicrobials in the elderly is needed.

PMID: 29079151 [PubMed - in process]

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