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Drug therapy in the elderly

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Drug therapy in the elderly must take account of the following:

  • polypharmacy for multiple pathology
  • adverse drug reactions two to three fold increased above the levels in younger people
  • compliance problems

Factors to be aware of:

  • frailty
  • severity of illness
  • helplessness
  • appetite and nutrition
  • fluid intake
  • immobility
  • multiple illness
  • confusion
  • lack of care

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