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Prescribing for the elderly

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On completion of this subject guide, you should be able to:

Recall the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of prescribing in the elderly > http://www.racgp.org.au/download/documents/AFP/2010/October/201010holbeach.pdf

Select which medications should used with caution or not prescribed in the elderly > http://www.nps.org.au/topics/ages-life-stages/for-individuals/older-people-and-medicines/for-health-professionals/inappropriate-prescribing/medicines-to-avoid

Utilise Beers List to avoid certain medications in the elderly > http://www.americangeriatrics.org/files/documents/beers/2012AGSBeersCriteriaCitations.pdf

Execute the rational deprescribing of medication in the elderly > https://www.nps.org.au/australian-prescriber/articles/deprescribing

 

Points for discussion

Are there any medications not clinically indicated or potentially causing harm in your elderly patients in-practice or at aged-care facilities? Consider doing an audit

Do you perform a medication review as part of your 75yo health assessment?

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