AffiliationDepartment of Geriatric Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork,, Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal/adverse effects
Cognition Disorders/chemically induced/diagnosis/drug therapy
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Drug Therapy, Combination
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors/adverse effects
Hypoglycemic Agents/adverse effects
Pharmaceutical Preparations/*adverse effects
Psychotropic Drugs/adverse effects
Sleep Disorders/chemically induced/diagnosis/drug therapy
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CitationCurr Psychiatry Rep. 2008 Feb;10(1):37-43.
JournalCurrent psychiatry reports
AbstractInappropriate prescribing in older people is a common condition associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and financial costs. Medication use increases with age, and this, in conjunction with an increasing disease burden, is associated with adverse drug reactions. This review outlines why older people are more likely to develop adverse drug reactions and how common the problem is. The use of different tools to identify and measure the problem is reviewed. Common syndromes seen in older adults (eg, falling, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance) are considered, and recent evidence in relation to medication use for these conditions is reviewed. Finally, we present a brief summary of significant developments in the recent literature for those caring for older people.
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