Polypharmacy in the elderly may do more harm than good. One study resulted in discontinuing nearly 60% of medications. ... There is increasing awareness worldwide of the burden of polypharmacy for this aging population.
This is, of course, hard to pull off, because of the challenges associated with “managing polypharmacy” and “heart failure transitional care.”.
The panel also determined that according to the available evidence, frailty could be prevented or treated with exercise, protein calorie supplementation, vitamin D, and reduced polypharmacy.
That is not good for patients. Our patients need us to take responsibility for integrating multiple medical problems, polypharmacy and complex social situations.
Polypharmacy may lead to diminished adherence, adverse drug reactions and increased risk of cognitive impairment, falls and functional decline.
Polypharmacy (the use of many drugs together, or excessive medications) is a significant problem of the elderly, and of those with chronic illness.
There’s no clear answer to that question, but I’m very sensitive to polypharmacy issues,” said Dr. ... An editorial stated that since polypharmacy has become ubiquitous, better surveillance for drug-drug interactions is needed, and noted that the
Those are routinely prevented in affluent countries not by healthy living, alas, but by intracoronary stents and polypharmacy.
failed. Also, she said that she often considers duloxetine to avoid polypharmacy in patients with concomitant depression, after communication with their mental health practitioners.
Educate patients about overuse of OTC drugs. Eliminate any excessive polypharmacy.