Avoiding overmedication of elderly patients

Jorge G. Ruiz, Samir Array, David T. Lowenthal

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Abstract

Overmedication is the use of drugs that are not clinically indicated and are given in an inappropriate or overly aggressive manner even when nonpharmacologic alternatives are more suitable. This is an extension of polypharmacy and is caused when age-related changes in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and potential drug interactions are ignored, when inappropriate drugs are used, or when a drug is prescribed for the wrong diagnosis in elderly individuals. Overmedication can cause adverse drug reactions, increased drug costs, and noncompliance with therapeutic regimens. This phenomenon can occur in the acute care or long-term care setting, and the community-dwelling elderly can also be exposed through the use of prescription and nonprescription drugs. Strategies to prevent overmedication in the elderly are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-788
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Therapeutics
Volume3
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Pharmaceutical Preparations
Nonprescription Drugs
Independent Living
Polypharmacy
Drug Costs
Prescription Drugs
Long-Term Care
Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Drug Interactions
Pharmacokinetics
Medical Overuse
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • complications
  • elderly
  • overmedication
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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Ruiz, J. G., Array, S., & Lowenthal, D. T. (1996). Avoiding overmedication of elderly patients. American Journal of Therapeutics, 3(11), 784-788.

Avoiding overmedication of elderly patients. / Ruiz, Jorge G.; Array, Samir; Lowenthal, David T.

In: American Journal of Therapeutics, Vol. 3, No. 11, 01.01.1996, p. 784-788.

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Ruiz, JG, Array, S & Lowenthal, DT 1996, 'Avoiding overmedication of elderly patients', American Journal of Therapeutics, vol. 3, no. 11, pp. 784-788.
Ruiz JG, Array S, Lowenthal DT. Avoiding overmedication of elderly patients. American Journal of Therapeutics. 1996 Jan 1;3(11):784-788.
Ruiz, Jorge G. ; Array, Samir ; Lowenthal, David T. / Avoiding overmedication of elderly patients. In: American Journal of Therapeutics. 1996 ; Vol. 3, No. 11. pp. 784-788.
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