Rapid Fire: Polypharmacy in the Geriatric Patient

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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2021 May;39(2):395-404. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2021.01.001. Epub 2021 Mar 11.

ABSTRACT

Increasing prescription drug use trends in the United States affects patients across all ages, but especially the geriatric patient. As patients age, they are at increased risk for adverse events owing to natural changes in body composition and organ function, increased sensitivity to medications, and a higher chance of adverse events from drug-drug interactions and polypharmacy. Falls are common and can increase morbidity and mortality. To mitigate falls, it is imperative to have a comprehensive approach to screening home medication lists, be aware of and avoid high-risk medications, and deprescribe agents that are potentially inappropriate for this patient population.

PMID:33863467 | DOI:10.1016/j.emc.2021.01.001

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